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 8.1 Preview Here is the lab diagram:   A great…


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 (click on it to see a larger…

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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 3-tier farm, which includes multiple application-tier servers for a…


The first TLG stack poster for SharePoint 2013

Hey TLG fans, In an attempt to get even more visual, I just published the first poster for TLGs showing the SharePoint Server 2013 TLG stack. Although I originally published this as a Microsoft PowerPoint file in a previous blog post, with a little extra work and support from others I have more formally published…


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) into a single location. The new Test Lab Guide…


An open invitation to Microsoft partners

Hey Microsoft partners who are also TLG fans, Test Lab Guides (TLGs) are open to anyone to contribute. If you are a Microsoft partner, official or otherwise, and want to create published content that highlights your product or solution in a standardized test lab environment, consider creating and publishing your own TLG or TLG stack….


Two new Hyper-V configuration overview videos

Hey TLG video fans, I recently published two Hyper-V configuration overview videos. For the Hosting the Windows Server 2012 Base Configuration test lab topic: [View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4T1L_HnrQI] For the Hosting the SharePoint Server 2013 three-tier farm test lab topic: [View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm7CAo3ZmTo]  These new videos show you the logical configuration (the set of computers, subnets, and their connections) and…


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, and troubleshooting scenarios), this new milestone also counts the…


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 publishing a test lab extension Wiki: Creating and publishing…

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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 Virtual Machines in a Cluster Shared Volume These new TLGs…