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  • Blog Post: New icon set for the latest SharePoint 2013 TLGs is now available

    The latest refresh of the TLGs for SharePoint 2013 contain a new version of lab configuration figures that replace: with: This look and style uses a new set of standard icons that are now appearing in Microsoft Office and Exchange Server content. Feel free to use these icons in figures for...
  • Blog Post: New recommendations for TLG stack diagrams

    Hey TLG fans, In keeping up with the new look and feel here at Microsoft, I have been slowly changing the TLG stack diagrams from the old style: to the new style: Because inquiring minds want to know, here are the new colors for TLG stack diagrams for the different types of TLG content...
  • Blog Post: Contributing to TLGs Part 1: Writing your own modular TLG

    One of the cool things about Test Lab Guides (TLGs) is that they are not a closed platform, exclusive to Microsoft writers. With the TechNet Wiki, anyone can create and publish his or her own TLG content. In this multi-part blog series, I will describe how you can easily contribute your own TLG content...
  • Blog Post: Contributing to TLGs Part 7: Creating a TLG portal page in the TechNet Wiki

    Another way to contribute to Microsoft Test Lab Guides (TLGs) is to publish a TLG portal page in the TechNet Wiki. A TLG portal page is the central location that shows a TLG stack and links to all of the associated TLG content for a product, technology, or solution. Here are some examples: DirectAccess...
  • Blog Post: An open invitation to Microsoft partners

    Hey Microsoft partners who are also TLG fans, Test Lab Guides (TLGs) are open to anyone to contribute. If you are a Microsoft partner, official or otherwise, and want to create published content that highlights your product or solution in a standardized test lab environment, consider creating and...
  • Blog Post: Contributing to TLGs Part 6: Writing a TLG mini-module

    Another way to contribute to Microsoft Test Lab Guides (TLGs) is to publish a TLG mini-module in the TechNet Wiki. A TLG mini-module is a modular TLG that just includes the essential configuration steps to get an existing and working test lab to a new working configuration, skipping the demonstration...
  • Blog Post: Contributing to TLGs Part 8: Creating a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V test lab configuration article in the TechNet Wiki

    Another way to contribute to Microsoft Test Lab Guides (TLGs) is to publish a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V test lab configuration article in the TechNet Wiki. A Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V test lab configuration article provides general guidance for setting up a specific test lab configuration on a Windows...
  • Blog Post: Contributing to TLGs Part 4: Writing a troubleshooting scenario

    A fourth way that you can contribute to Microsoft Test Lab Guides (TLGs) is to publish a test lab troubleshooting scenario in the TechNet Wiki. A test lab troubleshooting scenario demonstrates the results of a misconfiguration or other type of common problem and guides the reader through the root cause...
  • Blog Post: Contributing to TLGs Part 5: Creating or contributing to an "experiences in the test lab" TechNet Wiki topic

    Another way to contribute content to the Test Lab Guide (TLG) initiative is to create or contribute to an Experiences in the Test Lab topic in the TechNet Wiki. These topics allow you to share the following with other IT pros who are configuring the same test lab environment: Virtualized environment...
  • Blog Post: Contributing to TLGs Part 3: Writing a troubleshooting TLG

    A third way that you can contribute to Microsoft Test Lab Guides (TLGs) is to publish a troubleshooting TLG in the TechNet Wiki. A troubleshooting TLG contains the following sections: The troubleshooting tools for the technology or feature and how they appear in a working test lab. This sets...
  • Blog Post: Contributing to TLGs Part 2: Writing a test lab extension

    A second way that you can contribute to Microsoft Test Lab Guides (TLGs) is to publish a test lab extension article in the TechNet Wiki. A test lab extension describes how to configure additional functionality or advanced or uncommon configurations based on a modular TLG. The TLG extension article includes...
  • Blog Post: New creating and publishing TLG content topics

    Hey aspiring TLG content creators, In an attempt to standardize and provide more detailed end-to-end instructions for creating Test Lab Guide (TLG) content, I have created the following new topics in the TechNet Wiki: Wiki: Creating and publishing a modular Test Lab Guide Wiki: Creating and...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the TLG Content Creation Kit

    Hey TLG fans, On the heels of consolidating the TLG content guidance and templates into the TechNet Wiki via the Wiki: Creating and Publishing Test Lab Guide Content portal page and associated articles, I have also consolidated the additional resources (Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint files...