SharePoint 2010 has matured over the past year, with improvements in scalability, enterprise search, and administration. Best practices from SharePoint 2007 are no longer relevant, and new guidance has emerged from the last year worth of SharePoint deployments. In addition, new features such as SharePoint FAST Search capabilities and cloud deployment options can have a significant effect on how an environment is architected. In addition, the popularity of server virtualization technologies have created new design options for SharePoint administrators, allowing for new and unique high availability and provisioning options. This session goes right to the heart of the matter, providing for physical and virtual architecture guidelines and specific configuration settings that can immediately be used to construct SharePoint 2010 environments that can be used to replace existing SharePoint 2007 farms. Architectural specifics are based on best practices obtained from existing SharePoint 2010 environments of multiple sizes and performance metrics gathered from both physical and virtual SQL Server and SharePoint environments will help you to build the ‘perfect’ SharePoint 2010 farm for your organization.