New IPv6 Test Lab Guide extension: Demonstrating DNS Zone Transfers over IPv6

I just published the Demonstrating DNS Zone Transfers over IPv6 extension for the IPv6 Test Lab in the TechNet Wiki. With this extension, you configure DC1, the DNS server for the corp.contoso.com domain, to allow zone transfers to the IPv6 address of APP1. You then add the DNS Server service to APP1 and configure a secondary…

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Introducing Test Lab Guide Mini-Modules

The Test Lab Guide (TLG) initiative defines a modular TLG, which is designed to take you through the installation and configuration of a technology or component, demonstrate its functionality, and leave you with a working test lab environment for further experimentation and hands-on learning. However, in some cases you already have the expertise and just want to…

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Test Lab Guide integration with core product documentation

Although Test Lab Guides (TLGs) are a valuable tool for quickly getting some configuration and demonstration hands-on experience when performing an evaluation of a product or technology, they can be used for much more. For example, for DirectAccess in Windows Server 2008 R2, I built out the DirecAccess test lab environment and then used it as a…

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Test Lab Guides as a key element of Learning Roadmaps

Learning Roadmaps are a new content type that step new-to-technology or experienced IT Pros through the set of published text or multimedia resources to build prerequisite, introductory (Level 100), intermediate (Level 200), advanced (Level 300), and expert (Level 400) knowledge and experience for a technology, feature, product, or solution. They are designed to reduce technical…

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Contributing to TLGs Part 5: Creating or contributing to an "experiences in the test lab" TechNet Wiki topic

Another way to contribute content to the Test Lab Guide (TLG) initiative is to create or contribute to an Experiences in the Test Lab topic in the TechNet Wiki. These topics allow you to share the following with other IT pros who are configuring the same test lab environment: Virtualized environment experiences, procedures, workarounds, and…

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TLGs: Get your stack on!

The modular nature of Test Lab Guides (TLGs) allows you to create TLG stacks that build additional functionality into a test lab configuration. In a virtualized test environment, these test lab configurations can be saved as snapshots and restored at will for additional experimentation or to add functionality from a modular TLG or a TLG extension….

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Contributing to TLGs Part 4: Writing a troubleshooting scenario

A fourth way that you can contribute to Microsoft Test Lab Guides (TLGs) is to publish a test lab troubleshooting scenario in the TechNet Wiki. A test lab troubleshooting scenario demonstrates the results of a misconfiguration or other type of common problem and guides the reader through the root cause determination and correction. Test lab troubleshooting scenarios extend…

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FIM 2010 and FIM 2010 CM Test Lab portal page published!

TLG super-author Bill Mathers is at it again. He created so many TLGs for Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) 2010 and Forefront Identity Manager 2010 Certificate Management (FIM CM) that he just published a FIM 2010 and FIM 2010 CM Test Lab portal page in the TechNet wiki. This new portal page provides test lab and TLG…

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A plethora of new FIM 2010 TLGs from super-writer Bill Mathers!

Bill Mathers—the diabolical mind that brought you the Exchange, SQL Server, and Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) 2010 TLGs—has just published the following: Test Lab Guide: Installing Forefront Identity Manager 2010 Certificate Management with Constrained Delegation, Update 1, and FIM 2010 Integration Test Lab Guide: Demonstrating Forefront Identity Manager 2010 Certificate Management User Certificate Self-Service Test…

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"Windows Server: The Power of Integration" TechNet Magazine article highlights the value of Test Lab Guides

Windows Server: The Power of Integration in TechNet Magazine describes how you can use multiple features and technologies of the Windows client and server platforms to create new value in the form of a solution that addresses an IT capability or business need. This article highlights the DirectAccess with Network Access Protection (NAP) Solution guide that I authored…

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