Microsoft for a sometime now have been publishing via the Microsoft Downloads website documents called either: TLG:xyz or Test Lab Guide:xyz.  These guides are intended to deliver a set of documents that enable an IT Pro to experience the functionality of a Microsoft technology or product in a standardised test lab environment. All Test Lab Guides utilise a base configuration that mimics the Internet and an intranet; they are reusable and extensible and help to build out a test lab with multi-product solutions.   But above all this they are intended to help in making complex technologies easier to learn.

The guides available so far include:

Base Configuration

This is the Base Configuration test lab used as the foundation for other Microsoft Test Lab Guides (TLGs).

Fabrikam Base Configuration

Step by step instructions on how to create the Fabrikam Forest Base Configuration

Forefront Identity Manager 2010

Create a test lab with Forefront Identity Manager 2010.

Active Directory Domain Controller with Windows Firewall

Deploy Windows Firewall with Advanced Security to Protect Network Communication to a Domain Controller

Exchange Server 2010 with Service Pack 1

Create a test lab to demonstrate basic e-mail functionality with Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1.

SQL Server 2008 with Service Pack 2

Create a test lab with SQL Server 2008 with Service Pack 2.

Demonstrate IPv6

Create a test lab to demonstrate IPv6 connectivity with a simulated multi-subnet intranet and IPv4 Internet.

Demonstrate DirectAccess

Create a test lab to demonstrate DirectAccess with a simulated Internet, intranet, and home network.

Demonstrate DirectAccess with Network Access Protection (NAP)

Create a Test Lab to demonstrate how UAG DirectAccess and NAP work together

Demonstrate Forefront UAG 2010 SP1 RC DirectAccess

Test Lab Guide that provides step by step instructions on how to test UAG 2010 SP1 RC DirectAccess in a Test Lab.

Demonstrate Forefront UAG DirectAccess

Create a test lab that enables you to test Forefront UAG DirectAccess features and capabilities

Demonstrate Forefront UAG SP1 RC DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant (DCA)

Step by step instructions on how to create a Test Lab to demonstrate the UAG DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant (DCA)

Demonstrate Forefront UAG 2010 SP1 RC DirectAccess Force Tunneling

Test Lab Guide with step by step instructions on how to configure UAG SP1 RC DirectAccess Client Force Tunneling

Demonstrate Forefront UAG DirectAccess Remote Management

Create a Test Lab that demonstrates how to remotely manage DirectAccess clients

Troubleshooting Forefront UAG DirectAccess

Create a Test Lab that allows you to learn about UAG DirectAccess troubleshooting tools and techniques

Further Insight is available from the Test Lab Guide Blog.

Posted by markparris

Microsoft MVP - Enterprise mobility.

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