Hey TLG fans!

I am proud to announce that my colleague Helen Johnson, a Solution Engineer at F5 Networks, has published the first partner-authored Test Lab Guide (TLG) titled Demonstrate the F5 Networks BIG-IP Load Balancer for SharePoint Server 2010.

This TLG builds off of the Test Lab Guide: Configure SharePoint Server 2010 in a Three-Tier Farm and adds a second web front end server (WFE2) to the existing farm. It then takes you through installing and configuring a virtualized version of the F5 Networks BIG-IP device to provide load balancing of web traffic between the two web front-end servers (WFE1 and WFE2). Here is the resulting configuration:

 

And here is the corresponding TLG stack:

Using this TLG and the trial version of the BIG-IP LTM Virtual Edition, you can build out and demonstrate a BIG-IP-based load-balancing SharePoint solution in a test lab. This is a very cool configuration and a great example of what you can do with TLGs for the evaluation of a multi-product scenario or solution.

Hats off to Helen and her staff for successive drafts of this document and seeing it through to publication!

Test lab extensions or additional modular TLGs that build on this cool new test lab environment are strongly encouraged. :>

As ever, enjoy!

 

Joe Davies
Principal Writer