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Ways to create a SharePoint 2013 in Azure dev/test or IT testing environment
Hey SharePoint and Azure fans, With the publication of the Set up a SharePoint intranet farm in a hybrid cloud for testing topic, I thought I would step back and summarize the different ways that you can create an environment for testing or developing an application for a SharePoint Server 2013 farm...
27 Jan 2015
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...
7 Jul 2014
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...
12 Jun 2014
Spotlight on the new Remote Access in Windows Server 2012 TLG stack
My colleagues on the Windows Server writing team have published a set of six Test Lab Guides (TLGs) to build out and demonstrate the key functionality of Remote Access in Windows Server 2012 , which includes DirectAccess and traditional virtual private network (VPN) connections with Routing and Remote...
26 Sep 2012
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
Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 TLG stack is now available!
Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 (FEP) is a security and antimalware solution integrated into System Center Configuration Manager 2007. Together, they are a software solution that provides security and antimalware management for desktops, portable computers, and servers. Microsoft Support...
27 Jul 2012
Updates to the Demonstrate IPv6 TLG and addressing guidelines for the Contoso Corporation
Hey TLG fans, I just updated the Demonstrate IPv6 TLG , its associated extensions ( DHCPv6 , IPv6-only ), and the IPv6-only mini-module to use the 2001:db8::/64 prefix for the Corpnet subnet, rather than 2001:db8:0:1::/64. This change was made so that IPv4 and IPv6 addressing for the sites and...
17 Feb 2012
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
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 Lync Server 2013
Hey TLG and Lync fans, You can now download the new Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Lync Server 2013 . If you are new to Lync 2013 and want to get some hands-on experience prior to planning and deployment, this is a great way to create a working install of Lync Server 2013 with two client computers to...
12 Dec 2013
Updated Base Configuration TLG for Windows Server 2012 published
The Test Lab Guide: Windows Server 2012 Base Configuration is published. This base configuration TLG contains updates for the released version of Windows Server 2012. Please use this new version (updated from Windows Server "8" Beta) to build out your base configuration test lab for the TLGs in the...
11 Sep 2012
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
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 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
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
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
Spotlight on the new Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2012 TLG stack
My esteemed colleagues Thomas Willingham and Brian Lich on the Windows Server writing team have published a set of eight Test Lab Guides (TLGs) to build out and demonstrate the key functionality of Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2012 . Here they are: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Quick...
10 Aug 2012
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...
11 Dec 2012
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
The first partner-authored TLG is published!
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...
8 Aug 2012
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...
10 May 2013
New TLG for System Center Service Manager 2012 SP1
Hey TLG devotees, Aly Ghoneim just published the Test Lab Guide: System Center Service Manager 2012 SP1 in the TechNet Gallery. This new TLG tells you how to set up System Center Service Manager 2012 SP1 , starting with the Windows Server 2012 Base Configuration and ending with a demonstration of...
22 Jan 2013
System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Test Lab Guide published!
Microsoft Support Escalation Engineer Kevin McKinnerney has published the Test Lab Guide: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager . This new TLG uses the Base Configuration and SQL Server 2008 R2 TLGs to create a System Center 2012 Configuration Manager test lab, which includes stepping you through...
31 Jul 2012
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
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