As you plan your infrastructure in accordance with the MOF Process Model, you can use System Center Capacity Planner 2007 for your pre-deployment sizing scenarios. Pre-deployment sizing helps you understand and predict the performance of a simulated hardware and software infrastructure by using your input, performance modeling, and simulation. Pre-deployment also does the following:

In this Capacity Planner scenario for pre-deployment sizing, you review pre-deployment best practices and application model technology. You also review using a subset of Capacity Planner features to quickly produce an initial capacity model. You can fine-tune the initial capacity model in subsequent scenarios to produce more accurate capacity models.

The following topics of this section provide background information and the steps needed to produce an initial capacity model: