A couple weeks ago I mentioned that I’d been working on the Office Business Application (OBA) Reference Architecture Pack for Public Sector, which focuses on providing prescriptive architecture guidance for building e-Forms solutions within Public Sector. I’ve gotten numerous inquiries since that post as to when the bits would be available for download. Well, I’m happy to announce that they are now available on our Connect website. If you are new to Microsoft Connect, read the Microsoft Connect Introduction to learn how Microsoft Connect works and how to enroll. Included in the download are hands-on-labs and a fully functional Virtual Machine that has all the necessary bits to run the solution. Because the RAP is being bundled as a Virtual Machine image you will need either Virtual PC 2007 or Virtual Server 2005, which are both free, to run the solution.
Also be forewarned that the Virtual Machine is fairly large in size (weighing in at a ~31 GB), so please plan accordingly when you decide to download as it’ll take a minute 🙂
I welcome you to download the solution and give us some feedback on what you think. This release marks the first phase of many exciting things that will come out of this RAP. To get more information on what’s going in Public Sector, you can visit the Public Sector Industry Center on MSDN.