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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
Guidance for creating test labs using Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012
Hey TLG fans, Test lab guides are deliberately designed to be independent of how you put them together. For example, you can use physical components (computers and switches/hubs), virtual components (virtual machines and virtual networks/switches), or a combination. For virtual components, you can...
8 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
Spotlight on the Windows Server 2012 TLG stack
Hey TLG and Windows Server fans, Have you seen the Windows Server 2012 TLG stack lately? It's HUGE and filled with content that lets you build out and demonstrate tons of great new Windows Server 2012 features. Right now, there are 30 modular TLGs (including the Windows Server 2012 base configuration...
12 Feb 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
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...
21 Jan 2013
Introducing the SharePoint Server 2013 Business Intelligence TLG stack!
Hey TLG and SharePoint fans, My esteemed colleagues Mike Plumley and Joanne Hendrickson on the SharePoint writing team have just published the SharePoint Server 2013 Business Intelligence TLG stack , a collection of 11 new TLGs that build out and demonstrate the business intelligence features of SharePoint...
11 Jan 2013
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
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...
3 Dec 2012
SharePoint Server 2013 TLG stack refreshed
The SharePoint Server 2013 Test Lab Guide (TLG) stack has been refreshed for the released version of SharePoint Server 2013. Here is the current stack diagram (click on it for a larger version): The updates include the following: Additional links to software and hardware requirements for...
29 Nov 2012
Windows Server 2012 Base Configuration TLG updated based on your feedback
Tom Shinder and I recently heard from two people about a typo in a Windows PowerShell command line that assigned an incorrect IP address in the Windows Server 2012 Base Configuration TLG . Thanks to them, I am happy to report that we have updated the TLG in the Microsoft Download Center to correct...
6 Nov 2012
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...
11 Oct 2012
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
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
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...
27 Aug 2012
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