Microsoft Test Lab Guides

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

Over 100 Test Lab Guides and counting!

Over 100 Test Lab Guides and counting!

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Hey TLG fans,

I am both surprised and pleased to announce that there are now over 100 Test Lab Guides (TLGs) published with more on the way! Take a look at the numbers:

  • 98 modular TLGs (with 7 from the community and 1 from a partner)
  • 7 TLG mini-modules
  • 6 test lab extensions
  • 4 troubleshooting TLGs
  • 1 test lab troubleshooting scenario

See Test Lab Guides in the TechNet Wiki for listing and an explanation of these different types of content.

This content initiative was started only two years ago by myself and co-conspirator Tom Shinder to show you how to set up and experiment with DirectAccess in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Unified Access Gateway 2010. It has since grown to encompass the following Microsoft products and technologies:

  • Windows 8 and Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012
  • Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)
  • Virtual private networks (VPNs)
  • Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG)
  • Forefront Identity Manager (FIM)
  • Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP)
  • Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG)
  • System Center
  • SharePoint Server 2010 and 2013 Preview
  • SQL Server 2008, 2008 R2, and 2012
  • Exchange Server 2010

Here are some of the additional milestones and innovations from the past year:

Without giving away the details, I can tell you that more TLGs and innovations are on the way. 

Thanks to anyone who has contributed to the set of TLG content and thanks to you for making this content so popular!

Is there something you would like to see in a TLG? Please let us know by leaving a comment on this post or send email directly to tlgfb@microsoft.com.

For more information about TLGs, see the following resources:

Joe Davies
Principal Writer

Comments
  • Thank you for the TLG's, they are absolutely fantastic! I spend so much time teaching myself about technologies it's frustrating to try and keep up. I discovered these some time last year and they are a super fast and effective way to shortcut the learning curve, surprisingly few folks know about them so I try to spread the word. Looking forward to the new content for 2012 Server with Windows 8 - keep 'em coming! They are much appreciated.

  • Hello Joe,

    I love these TLGs. They will the fundamentals for ITPros to build their test labs and then extend to to the production environment.

  • Thanks for these. I wish to learn from these as soon as possible.

  • Joe, please keep up the excellent work.  These TLGs have been invaluable to unlocking the mystery of different Microsoft technology for me.  Combined with my Technet Pro subscription the TLGs give me a very targeted study path.  Thank you very much for all of your hard work.

  • Thanks for the TLGs. They have helped me so much in my training. Pls keep up the good work.

  • Is there any thoughts on incorporating CRM 2011 into these test labs?

  • Hi, Sheila. Sorry for the delayed response. I'm a technical writer on Dynamics CRM.

    I have a CRM 2011 test lab guide in process but it's out-of-band and delayed as other writing assignments have higher priority. I'm hoping to have the test lab guide done by the end of November.

  • Hi Jim, I have composed a CRM three-tier farm lab that I would be happy to contribute.  Is there any way we can connect to chat on this?

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