Mass Site Management on the Drupal Platform

UPDATE: Slides are available here (or right here onsite)

Drupal's "multisite" capabilities are relatively well-known at this point, and quite easy to use. We will briefly go over how this works, but quickly move into more "advanced" usage of this important feature of the Drupal framework.

Many organizations simply want to host a number of sites on the same Drupal installation, in which case a "simple" multisite setup is fine. Increasingly, however, Drupal development shops want to be able to quickly and flexibly develop, host, and manage large numbers of sites, possibly on different versions of Drupal. What are the implications and requirements of a system which will scale, track clients/projects, automagically deploy new sites, make upgrading easy and development robust?

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