Two new Test Lab Guides (TLG) have been released this week for configuring the new Social features and Forms-based authentication in SharePoint Server 2013 Preview.  TLGs are step-by-step walkthroughs of the configuration needed to implement a particular solution, and they are terrific resources for quickly building out your lab environment to evaluate and study new product features.  You can download these latest TLGs at the following link locations:

  • Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Social Features for SharePoint Server 2013 Preview
    This paper provides a brief introduction to the social features in SharePoint Server 2013 Preview. It also provides step-by-step instructions for configuring and then demonstrating My Sites, Newsfeeds, Community Sites, and Team Site feeds.
     
  • Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Forms-Based Authentication with SharePoint Server 2013
    Forms-based authentication is an identity management system that is based on ASP.NET membership and role provider authentication. In this test lab, you start with the three-tier SharePoint Server 2013 farm, which uses Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) as its user directory. You then configure forms-based authentication support for the SharePoint – 80 web application, which corresponds to the default team site for the Contoso Corporation. Lastly, you demonstrate forms-based identity when accessing the default Contoso team site.

Additional SharePoint Server 2013 Preview Learning Resources

These new TLGs build upon the original TLG for Configuring SharePoint Server 2013 Preview in a Three-Tier Farm, so you'll need to start with this TLG to build your base configuration.  This base TLG is available here along with several other learning resources to get started quickly with SharePoint Server 2013 Preview.

Ready for more Test Lab Guides?

The TLG team has recently setup a new Wiki site that collects together all of the TLGs for each Microsoft solution area.  You can find the TLG Wiki site at: http://www.microsoft.com/testlabguides.

How are you using Test Lab Guides?

Are Test Lab Guides useful to you? Feel free to leave your comments below with how you're using Test Lab Guides and what you've found valuable and/or would like to see in the future.

Hope this helps!

Keith