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Microsoft Test Lab Guides
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...
29 Aug 2014
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
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...
7 Sep 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
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...
5 Nov 2012
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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