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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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. ...
  • Blog Post: 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...