The SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool is designed to model a particular deployment scenario: One SharePoint server farm handles all services and transactions. The branch offices serve only as client sites.
If you need to model a deployment where servers reside at the branch offices, you can do so by generating an individual model for the central SharePoint server farm and one for each of the regional server farms. When working with a MOSS deployment, you have some options for how you distribute individual services:
- Example 1: Central portal with regional team sites. In
this scenario, the central MOSS SharePoint farm provides shared
portal services to branch offices. Branch offices handle team sites
on a local SharePoint server.
- Example 2: Central portal and regional portals. In this
scenario, the central SharePoint farm handles enterprise-wide
searching while the branch office sites handle all other MOSS
transactions on local SharePoint servers.