A new Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide has just been released as an open Beta for Microsoft System Center Service Manager 2010.
I've personally used a few of the IPD guides now and have found them extremely useful, if for nothing else they give a great start to any documentation that you might need to support a business case to implement a technology in a smart and presentable fashion that senior management will be impressed by.
Blurb taken from the connect site:
The guide covers these key steps in the System Center Service Manager infrastructure design process:
- Defining the project scope by identifying the necessary System Center Service Manager features, the requirements of the process management packs, and the targeted population of the organization.
- Mapping the selected features and scope to determine the required server roles.
- Designing the fault tolerance, configuration, and placement of the management servers, portals, and supporting SQL Server databases.