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  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: New mini-module for installing Office 2013 Preview on CLIENT1 published

    Hey TLG aficionados, I recently published the Test Lab Guide Mini-Module: Installing Microsoft Office 2013 Preview on CLIENT1 This new Test Lab Guide mini-module takes you through downloading and installing Microsoft Office 2013 Preview on the CLIENT1 computer. After it is installed, you can begin...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: The official Test Lab Guides logo has arrived

    Hey TLG community, I have been working with a real artist and the TLG writers here at Microsoft and we have come up with an official logo and slogan. Cool, right? The logo design is based on input from two different sources, which both seemed to think of the same thing when trying to encapsulate...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...