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Microsoft Test Lab Guides
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
New mini-module for creating a second forest and domain published
Hey TLG fans, I have published the Test Lab Guide Mini-Module: Creating a second forest and domain . This new Test Lab Guide mini-module adds DC2 as a domain controller for the hr.contoso.com AD DS forest and domain on the Corpnet subnet. There is no trust relationships between this new forest and...
3 Aug 2012
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
New TLG stack for Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 now available
Prolific TLG uber-writer Bill Mathers just published the following twelve TLGs for Forefront Identity Manager 2012 R2: Test Lab Guide: Installing Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 To demonstrate installing FIM 2010 R2 with the new Reporting and Self-Service Password Reset features see Test Lab Guide...
5 Jun 2012
Test Lab Guide: Demonstrating a File-based Extensible Connectivity 2.0 Management Agent
Test Lab Guide: Demonstrating a File-based Extensible Connectivity 2.0 Management Agent (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh859477(WS.10).aspx) is now available and is the first Test Lab Guide (TLG) to my knowledge published on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) web site. This TLG takes...
10 May 2012
Single-server SharePoint Server 2010 TLG published
The Test Lab Guide: Configure SharePoint Server 2010 as a Single Server with Microsoft SQL Server describes how to install and configure SharePoint Server 2010 on a single server with Microsoft SLQ Server 2008 R2 using the computers in the Base Configuration test lab. Here is the resulting test lab...
8 Mar 2012
The new wave of TLGs for Windows Server "8" Beta!
As I described in this blog post ( TLGs: The gathering storm... ), I am happy to announce the publication of the first wave of Test Lab Guides (TLGs) for Windows Server "8" Beta ! This new wave of TLG content includes the following: A new Base Configuration TLG using computers running Windows...
29 Feb 2012
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