Microsoft Test Lab Guides

The ongoing saga of Microsoft Test Lab Guides (TLGs) and the writers who love them...

The Microsoft Test Lab Guides blog is now on the grid...

The Microsoft Test Lab Guides blog is now on the grid...

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Because the Microsoft Test Lab Guides initiative is now gathering steam across various IT Pro writing teams here at Microsoft, it makes sense to consolidate the ongoing announcements in a single place, this blog.

Myself and co-conspirator Tom Shinder developed this initiative to provide a way for you to configure, demonstrate, and learn about Microsoft technologies and products in a standardized test lab environment.

For a wonderful overview of the benefits of using Test Lab Guides, see Test Lab Guides Lead the Way to Solution Mastery in Tom's The Edge Man blog.

For a central location to get to all of the resources on Test Lab Guides, see the Test Lab Guides article in the TechNet Wiki.

To keep up with the latest Test Lab Guide innovations and deliverables, please subscribe to this blog.

Let's see how deep the rabbit hole goes, shall we?

Joe Davies
Principal Writer
Windows Server Information Experience

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    This Test Lab Guide permit you to create the Base Configuration test lab based on physical computers.

  • TLGs are a great idea!!!


  • Hi Thomas -

    Thanks! Check out the TLG clearinghouse on the TechNet wiki -

    Also, if you're interested in UAG DA TLGs, check out my blog:


  • Like the look of this, although I think reality is that most people will virtualise this wheras you seem to assume people will use physical boxes. Perhaps you could start off with a Hyper-V based base config instead?

    My main comment is that it would be really useful if MS used this base for their training material e.g. the MCTS books for SCCM, or Exchange etc ould have you need the base config with these modifications then you can start this course.

  • I agree that just about everyone is going to virtualize. However, we didn't want to be too specific in terms of what virtualization platform to use, because you can use the one that you like the most and curretnly have in place. Sure, we'd love you to use Hyper-V, but if you test with ESX or VMware Workstation, those virtualization platofrms will work great too. I agree that that our books and MS Learning should move in this direction and I hope they'll take a look at this. At it stands, we're trying to get all of our Technet and blog content to use this new format so that we always start in a standard environment and you can always restore your base configuration to quickly get up to speed on the product or technology you're interested in.

    Thanks! -Tom

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