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  • 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 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Server 2012 base configuration test lab for public cloud technologies

    To enable the use of public cloud technologies, such as Office 365 or Windows Azure, with test lab guide environments, I published the Configuring the Corpnet Subnet of the Base Configuration Test Lab for Public Cloud Technologies . This base configuration uses computers running Windows Server 2008 R2...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Three new Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V TLGs published!

    Hey TLG and Hyper-V fans, MVP Mikhail Komarov and Vladimir Savko continue their drive on Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012, publishing three new Test Lab Guides (TLGs) in the TechNet Gallery: Create a Cluster Shared Volume using Starwind Software Configure Cluster Aware Update Monitoring...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: A new private cloud version of the Windows Server 2012 base configuration test lab!

    Great news TLG fans, Mikhail Komarov, my colleague and virtual machine MVP, has just published Test Lab Guide: Windows Server 2012 Base Configuration for Private Cloud in the TechNet Gallery. This new variant of the Windows Server 2012 Base Configuration TLG shows you how to create the Corpnet subnet...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...