Whether your institution is developing stand-alone workflows or planning to adopt the whole Kuali suite, Rice provides the foundation. Developing a sustainable and enduring Kuali enterprise architecture starts with understanding and leveraging Rice as middleware. At this point, Rice 2.x is considered cutting edge, but it is also the future. Whether you are upgrading or getting started with Rice, we will provide a how-to for bootstrapping your middleware and planning for the future of your institution's Kuali strategy. We will discuss a pragmatic approach to planning, sizing, installing, configuring, documenting, and maintaining a stand-alone Rice instance. By taking into consideration an individual institution?s usage patterns and resulting resource requirements, we derive a recommended hardware architecture and system configuration. The described approach is a combination of industry best practices and experience won from actually implementing Rice 2.0.