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Test Lab Guide: Configure eDiscovery for an Exchange, Lync, SharePoint, and Windows File Shares Test Lab
Hey TLG and Office Server 2013 fans, My esteemed colleague Chris Fox just published Configure eDiscovery for an Exchange, Lync, SharePoint, and Windows File Shares Test Lab , a new Test Lab Guide (TLG) for Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, and Windows Server 2012. ...
19 Nov 2013
Two new Windows Server 2012 R2 TLGs published!
Hey TLG and Windows Server 2012 R2 fans, Tim Quinn, author of the ever-popular Base Configuration TLG for Windows Server 2012, has informed me that there are two new TLGs for computers running Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1: Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Network Virtualization with...
1 Oct 2013
Windows PowerShell command blocks for Hyper-V configurations
Hey TLG and automation fans, Continuing the drive toward better automation for setting up test labs based on Test Lab Guides (TLGs), I have added Windows PowerShell command blocks to the eight topics that describe how to create test lab environments in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. Each command...
28 Aug 2013
New Base Configuration for Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview!
Hey TLG and Windows Server 2012 fans, Tim Quinn, author of the ever-popular Base Configuration TLG for Windows Server 2012, has published the Test Lab Guide: Base Configuration TLG for Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview , which uses computers running: Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Windows 8...
19 Jul 2013
Test Lab Guide: Configure an Integrated Exchange, Lync, and SharePoint Test Lab
Hey TLG and Office Server 2013 fans, My partners-in-content Tony Trivison and Mitch Duncan and I just published Configure an Integrated Exchange, Lync, and SharePoint Test Lab , a new Test Lab Guide (TLG) for Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, and SharePoint Server 2013. Here is the stack...
11 Jul 2013
New Test Lab Guide: Configure a Highly Available SharePoint Server 2013 Search Topology
Hey TLG and SharePoint search fans, My esteemed colleague Dan Wesley has just published Configure a Highly Available SharePoint Server 2013 Search Topology , a new Test Lab Guide (TLG) for SharePoint Server 2013. This TLG steps you through the configuration of a scaled-out SharePoint Server 2013...
9 Jul 2013
The first TLG stack poster for SharePoint 2013
Hey TLG fans, In an attempt to get even more visual, I just published the first poster for TLGs showing the SharePoint Server 2013 TLG stack. Although I originally published this as a Microsoft PowerPoint file in a previous blog post , with a little extra work and support from others I have more formally...
3 Jul 2013
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...
2 Jul 2013
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...
21 Jun 2013
Two new Hyper-V configuration overview videos
Hey TLG video fans, I recently published two Hyper-V configuration overview videos. For the Hosting the Windows Server 2012 Base Configuration test lab topic: For the Hosting the SharePoint Server 2013 three-tier farm test lab topic: These new videos show you the logical configuration...
12 Jun 2013
Over 200 pieces of Test Lab Guide content and counting…
Hey TLGers, Just a quick note to commemorate the new milestone for Test Lab Guides (TLGs): There are now over 200 separate pieces of TLG content! Unlike the previous milestone of over 100 TLGs (which only counted modular TLGs, test lab extensions, TLG mini-modules, troubleshooting TLGs...
10 Jun 2013
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...
7 Jun 2013
Three new Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V TLGs published!
Hey TLG and Hyper-V fans, MVP Mikhail Komarov and Vladimir Savko continue their drive on Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012, publishing three new Test Lab Guides (TLGs) in the TechNet Gallery: Create a Cluster Shared Volume using Starwind Software Configure Cluster Aware Update Monitoring...
28 May 2013
Two new SharePoint 2013 TLGs and a PPT showing the entire stack
Hey TLG and SharePoint 2013 fans, Two new TLGs for SharePoint 2013 have been published and I am excited about each of them for different reasons. The first new TLG is Configure eDiscovery for SharePoint 2013 , written by my colleague Hal Zucati. This TLG configures a SharePoint three-tier farm...
15 May 2013
First Test Lab Guide eBook for the SharePoint 2013 Intranet and Team Sites stack
Hey mobile TLG fans, I recently published the Download Test Lab Guide: eBook for SharePoint Server 2013 Intranet and Team Sites , the first Test Lab Guide (TLG) content in eBook form (click Download to get the eBook in EPUB, MOBI, PDF, and DOC formats). This eBook is a customized document that...
13 May 2013
Two new TLGs for System Center 2012 VMM published!
Hey TLG gals and guys, My long-time colleague Jan Keller, whom I worked with on Windows Server 2000, has just published two new TLGs on System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) : Test Lab Guide: Deploy Virtual Machine Manager in System Center 2012 SP1 This guide...
9 May 2013
New Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate profile synchronization for SharePoint Server 2013
My esteemed colleague K.C. Cross on the SharePoint writing team has just published Demonstrate profile synchronization , a new Test Lab Guide (TLG) for SharePoint Server 2013. This new TLG steps you through the configuration and demonstration of profile synchronization using the SharePoint Server...
1 May 2013
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...
26 Apr 2013
The first batch of Test Lab Guide overview videos have arrived…
Hey TLG fans, It is with great pleasure (and a sigh of relief) to inform you that the first batch of Test Lab Guide (TLG) overview videos are now available: Base Configuration Windows Server 2012 Base Configuration Configure SharePoint Server 2013 in a Three-Tier Farm Demonstrate...
15 Apr 2013
New Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate RemoteFX on Windows Server 2012
Hey TLG and Hyper-V fans, MVP Mikhail Komarov has published Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate RemoteFX on Windows Server 2012 in the TechNet Gallery. This new TLG also uses his recently published private cloud version of the Windows Server 2012 base configuration test lab to demonstrate Remote-FX on Windows...
12 Apr 2013
Three new Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V guidance articles
Hey TLG buddies, I have published three new articles that provide Hyper-V configuration guidance for the following test lab environments: Single Server DirectAccess IPv6 Apposite Technologies WAN emulator-based Contoso branch office These new articles provide diagrams, steps, and...
10 Apr 2013
New Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Hyper-V Replica
Hey TLG and Hyper-V fans, Delivering on the potential of his recently published private cloud version of the Windows Server 2012 base configuration test lab , MVP Mikhail Komarov has published Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Hyper-V Replica in the TechNet Gallery. This new TLG uses the private cloud-based...
8 Apr 2013
A new Branch Office TLG that uses the Apposite Technologies Linktropy WAN emulator
Hey TLG fans, I recently published the Test Lab Guide: Configure the Contoso Branch Office using an Apposite Technologies WAN Emulator . This is a variant on the previously published Test Lab Guide: Configure the Contoso Branch Office , in which an Apposite Technologies Linktropy WAN emulator replaces...
27 Mar 2013
New Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V guidance articles and portal page
Hey TLG devotees, Well, I just couldn't help myself… I have published new articles that provide Hyper-V configuration guidance for the following test lab environments: SharePoint Server 2013 three-tier farm Branch office Corpnet subnet for public cloud These new articles...
18 Mar 2013
Configure the Contoso Branch Office TLG now available
Hey TLG fans, I just published the Test Lab Guide: Configure the Contoso Branch Office in the TechNet Wiki. With this new modular TLG, you do the following: Set up two computers acting as routers (RTR1 and RTR2) and two new subnets for a simulated WAN link (Wannet subnet) and for the branch...
19 Feb 2013
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