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Microsoft Multiple (resource) forest with the Cloud topology


This Topic is about Microsoft Multiple Forest sharing a resource forest in a Shared Service DataCenter wich is going to federate and colabrate with Microsoft Cloud services like Windows Azure and Microsoft Office 365.

Here is the high level design picture of this Microsoft technology topology :

We will use the following Microsoft products in this design :

  • Microsoft Windows 2008R2 SP1 OS and domains.
  • Microsoft Hyper-V R2 Clustering with Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV)
  • Microsoft DPM 2010 for Disaster recovery
  • Microsoft System Center for deploying
  • Microsoft SCOM for monitoring
  • Microsoft Fore Front Identity Managent 2010 for provisioning.
  • Microsoft TMG and UAG 2010
  • Microsoft Exchange 2010
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2010 with collabration mysite at Office 365
  • Microsoft ForeFront protection
  • And more ……….

Microsoft System Center suite 2012 ( SCVVM2012, SCCM2012, SCOM2012,DPM2012 etc ) will become RTM available at the
end of 2011 according to the Microsoft Roadmap at  :

Datacenter automation with Microsoft System Center Opalis in the future Orchestrator will become important to manage all processes in the system center suite.
Microsoft ForeFront Identity Management 2010 will provision the accounts from the resource forest to Multiple forest on-premises and in the cloud to Office 365 via federation (ADFS 2.0 ). A user account will have a unique account on this Microsoft topology design with single sign on and can work from Sharepoint 2010 portal ( On-premises / Office365 )


Author: James van den Berg

I'm Microsoft Architect and ICT Specialist and Microsoft MVP System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management

5 thoughts on “Microsoft Multiple (resource) forest with the Cloud topology

  1. Hi James, the architecture proposed above is of great interest to me. I’m currently investigating possible architectures for shared services for the education sector in Ireland and this model looks very interesting. Is this a design that you have or are planning to implement? Would you be able to share more details?

    • Hi Donal,
      We are going to start a program plan for building this “greenfield” Shared Service Center by this Microsoft Architecture High Level Design. I will ask our director if I may share this information on my blogsite and to keep everyone informed of the progress of this huge Microsoft project for the Largest educational institute of the Netherlands. I will come back to you.
      Kind Regards, James

      • Hi James,
        I just wanted to check back and see if this project had progressed. We are going to start deploying a similar solution in Ireland in the New Year and would be very interested in learning from your experiences.

  2. Office 365 doesn’t support resource forest models though, from what I’m told. Can you confirm?

  3. Just to clarify then this architecture allows end users in the multiple forests to access office 365 using their existing credentials and is a seamless experience?

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