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  • Blog Post: How the Azure Base Configuration Test Lab works

    The Azure Base Configuration test lab, the latest incarnation of the base configurations for the Test Lab Guide (TLG) initiative, is hosted in a cloud-only virtual network in Microsoft Azure , rather than on a Hyper-V server on an isolated subnet or connected to your organization intranet. Here is its...
  • Blog Post: New Azure TLG: Demonstrating FIM 2010 R2 ECMA2 with SQL Azure

    Hey TLG, FIM 2010 R2, and Azure fans, Check out this new Test Lab Guide: Demonstrating FIM 2010 R2 ECMA2 with SQL Azure . With this TLG, you can use a free trial subscription , your MSDN subscription , or your paid Azure subscription to build out a test lab that demonstrates a Forefront Identity...
  • Blog Post: Directory Sync with Office 365 – New Test Lab Guide (TLG) for the Public Cloud TLG Stack

    Hey TLG and public cloud technology fans, We recently released the Set Up a Directory Synchronization Server to Sync Users with Office 365 TLG, which shows you how to set up directory synchronization to Office 365 with the Directory Synchronization (or Directory Sync) tool. When you complete the guide...
  • Blog Post: New Exchange Server 2013 TLG for the Windows Server 2012 R2 Base Configuration is now available

    Hey TLG and Exchange fans, Jeff Cothern just published Test Lab Guide: Install Exchange Server 2013 on the Windows 2012 R2 Base Configuration in the TechNet Wiki. This new TLG builds out an Exchange Server 2013 email server named EX1 on the CorpNet subnet in the latest base configuration (using Windows...
  • Blog Post: Over 100 Test Lab Guides and counting!

    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...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Test Lab Guides—What Do You Think?

    Test Lab Guides provide a method for you to try out a new product or technology and see how it works in your own test lab. When you use Test Lab Guides you see all the working parts, all the front-end and back-end components, and most importantly, see how that all work together to create a working solution...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: New TLG mini-module for Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) 2.0 now available

    TLG fans, Take a look at Test Lab Guide Mini-Module: Install AD FS 2.0 . This TLG mini-module installs AD FS 2.0 on the DC1 computer in the Base Configuration test lab . In the new lab configuration, DC1 is both an AD DS domain controller and an identity provider security token service (IP-STS...
  • Blog Post: Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate UAG SP1 RC DirectAccess with Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP) and Remote Desktop Gateway (RDG) Now Available

    For all your Test Lab Guide fans – I’m happy to announce that we’ve released the new Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate UAG SP1 RC DirectAccess with Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP) and Remote Desktop Gateway (RDG) . This was a great Test Lab Guide to create. Why? First, it includes a number of technologies...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Test Lab Guide Mini-Modules

    The Test Lab Guide (TLG) initiative defines a modular TLG, which is designed to take you through the installation and configuration of a technology or component, demonstrate its functionality, and leave you with a working test lab environment for further experimentation and hands-on learning. However...
  • Blog Post: TLGs: The gathering storm...

    Just a quick note to remind test lab guide (TLG) fans out there that although it has been fairly quiet on the new content front lately, there are projects in the works here at Microsoft to produce new waves of TLG content in the future. While I cannot give specific details, I can say that the scope...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: New TLG mini-module for Cross-Forest Certificate Enrollment published

    Hey TLG and AD CS fans, My long-time colleague Kurt Hudson has just published the Test Lab Guide Mini-Module: Cross-Forest Certificate Enrollment using Certificate Enrollment Web Services . This detailed article describes how to obtain certificates in one AD DS domain (corp.contoso.com) for use...
  • Blog Post: The hits keep coming...new System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection TLG extension published

    Microsoft Support Escalation Engineer Kevin McKinnerney has published the Test Lab Extension: System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection . This new TLG builds off of the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager test lab and steps you through configuring the System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Point site...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Test Lab Guides win two Society of Technical Communication (STC) awards!

    The following Test Lab Guide content has won awards from the Puget Sound Chapter of the Society of Technical Communication (STC): Test Lab Guides topic in the TechNet Wiki (Joe Davies, Tom Shinder, and Scott Somohano) Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate DirectAccess (Joe Davies) The STC is an...
  • Blog Post: Two additional TLGs for Windows Server 2012

    Hey TLG nuts, There are two additional Test Lab Guides (TLGs) for Windows Server 2012 that I recently found out about and wanted to share. Here they are: Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate DirectAccess with Network Access Protection This is part of the Remote Access in Windows Server 2012 TLG stack...
  • Blog Post: Three-tier farm SharePoint Server 2010 TLG published

    The Test Lab Guide: Configure SharePoint Server 2010 in a Three-Tier Farm describes how to install and configure SharePoint Server 2010 in a 3-tier farm configuration (Web front end/application server/database server), starting with the computers in the Base Configuration test lab. Here is the resulting...
  • Blog Post: New "Test Lab Guides in Development" section added to the main Test Lab Guides Wiki topic

    With multiple people working on Test Lab Guides or extensions, Tom Shinder added a " Test Lab Guides in Development " section to the main Test Lab Guides Wiki topic . If you are developing Test Lab Guide content, please check here first to make sure that someone is not already developing similar content...
  • Blog Post: CMAK Test Lab Extension and VPN Remote Access Portal page published

    Greetings Keepers of the TLG Flame, Our community co-writer Fred Smithers has struck again, this time publishing the VPN Test Lab Extension: Using CMAK to Configure VPN Connections . This extension shows how you can quickly and easily use the Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK) in Windows...
  • Blog Post: New easy-to-remember URL for the Test Lab Guides portal page: http://microsoft.com/testlabguides

    Hey TLG acolytes, When you are going door-to-door evangelizing Test Lab Guides (TLGs) to your friends and neighbors, you invariably get the following question: Where do I go on the web to learn more about these interesting and compelling evaluation content deliverables? Your answer is http://social...
  • 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: "Community Test Lab Guide - Demonstrate Windows Server 2008 R2 VPN Reconnect" published by MVP Deb Shinder!

    In the first of what we hope to be several high-quality test lab guides (TLGs) from the community, Microsoft MVP Deb Shinder has published Community Test Lab Guide - Demonstrate Windows Server 2008 R2 VPN Reconnect . In Deb's own words: This community test lab guide will take you through the process...