Having discussed how to design a set of distributed applications using Application Designer in Chapter 2, and how to design one or more logical datacenters using Logical Datacenter Designer in Chapter 3, we'll now pull those two strands together and demonstrate how an application design may be mapped onto a logical datacenter for deployment.
Specifically, in this chapter we'll demonstrate the following:
How to define a default deployment directly from Application Designer, as a quick-start route into learning about deployment design without having to define systems explicitly
How to define systems explicitly, by combining groups of applications into systems that may be bound to logical servers in your datacenter using Deployment Designer
We'll contrast the two approaches and discuss important topics such as validating the deployment, specifying and overriding settings and constraints, nesting systems, and generating deployment reports.
Finally, we'll compare the Visual Studio 2005 Deployment Designer with the equivalent UML deployment diagram. It's similar, but not the same.