If you've been following this series, you know that we've covered many Windows 2000 technologies and offered words of advice on how you might deploy these technologies in your enterprise. You've often been asked to consider the variables in your organization and develop a strategy that makes sense for your unique circumstances. In this article, I offer two suggestions that everyone should follow regardless of their organization's circumstances. Are you ready? Here they are:
1. Build a test lab!!!
2. Rigorously test your design!!!
Notice that each suggestion is in bold type and followed by three exclamation points. This should be an indication to you of the extreme significance of these tips. The importance of a test lab and a rigorous test plan cannot be overstated. You'll reap tremendous rewards from testing your Windows 2000 design plan, including the following:
Discovering integration issues (incompatibilities)
Eliminating design flaws
Developing administrative practices