Windows Server 2012 Test Lab Guides

Windows Server 2012 Test Lab Guides

The Windows Server 2012 (previously known as Windows Server "8") Test Lab Guides (TLGs) are a set of documents that describe how to configure and demonstrate the new features and functionality in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 Preview in a simplified and standardized test lab environment.

The test lab starts with the Windows Server 2012 Base Configuration test lab, which can consist of two subnets representing a simplified intranet and simulated Internet. The following figure shows the initial setup of the Windows Server 2012 test lab based on the Test Lab Guide: Windows Server 2012 Base Configuration..

For information about how to configure this test lab on a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V server, see Hosting the Windows Server 2012 Base Configuration Test Lab with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.

The following video shows how to build out this test environment.

Some key changes from the Windows Server 2012 base configuration test lab and the Windows Server 2008 R2 base configuration test lab are the following:

  • The configuration of a simplified public key infrastructure (PKI) has been removed. You can add this to your base configuration with the Windows Server 2012 mini-module: Basic PKI.
  • Windows PowerShell command equivalents are now available in addition to the UI-based procedures.

The TLGs for Windows Server 2012 are the following:




The TLGs for Windows Server “8” Beta are the following:       

TLG mini-modules
TLG mini-modules include just the essential configuration steps to get an existing and working test lab to a new working configuration. TLG mini-modules for Windows Server 2012 include the following:

  • Basic PKI  This mini-module configures an enterprise root certification authority (CA) on APP1 and configures the domain for computer certificate autoenrollment.
  • Homenet subnet  This mini-module creates a Homenet subnet using a new computer named NAT1. The Homenet subnet simulates a typical home connection to the Internet subnet.
  • Second Corpnet subnet  This mini-module creates a second subnet for the Contoso intranet, Corpnet2, using the address prefix and configures DC1 as a router between the Corpnet and Corpnet2 subnets.
  • Cross-Forest Certificate Enrollment using Certificate Enrollment Web Services - Describes how to issue certificates between two different forests without a trust relationship between them. A new feature for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8, which is called certificate key-based renewal, is demonstrated between the forests.

For more information about the TLG initiative and a list of all the TLGs, see Test Lab Guides in the TechNet Wiki.

For the latest information about TLGs for Windows Server 2012, see the Test Lab Guides blog.

We strongly encourage you to develop and publish your own TLG content for Windows Server 2012, either in the TechNet Wiki (example: Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Remote Access VPNs) or in your own publishing forum (example: Test Lab Guide (Part 1) - Demonstrate TMG PPTP, L2TP/IPsec and SSTP Remote Access VPN Server). If you want to publish your TLG content in the TechNet wiki, see the How to contribute series of TLG blog posts for information about the types of content you can create and for links to templates, guidance, and examples.

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  • Joe Davies edited Revision 33. Comment: Added link to the Hosting the Windows Server 2012 Base Configuration Test Lab with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V topic

  • Joe Davies edited Revision 31. Comment: Added YouTube version of the video

  • Joe Davies edited Revision 29. Comment: Added link to video page.

  • Joe Davies edited Revision 28. Comment: Attempt at embedding new overview video

  • Justin Hall MSFT edited Revision 27. Comment: removed link to VDC TLG. Content is stale bc its based on beta. I never created an RTM version.

  • Joe Davies edited Revision 25. Comment: Added link to volume activation services TLG

  • Joe Davies edited Revision 24. Comment: Added link to DirectAccess with NAP TLG

  • Kurt L Hudson edited Revision 23. Comment: updated to advertise Cross-Forest Certificate Enrollment mini-module

  • Fernando Lugão Veltem edited Revision 19. Comment: update font style

  • Joe Davies edited Revision 18. Comment: Removed old beta base config link

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  • Joe Davies edited Original. Comment: Update for Windows Server "8" Beta

  • Joe Davies edited Revision 1. Comment: Added links to min-modules

  • Congratulations on being featured on the front page of TechNet!

  • Craig Lussier edited Revision 5. Comment: added Windows Server 8 Beta tag

  • Kurt L Hudson edited Revision 8. Comment: Added the AD CS test lab guides

  • Dirk Dingus edited Revision 9. Comment: Please fix Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server "8" Beta  this link. It does not point to the correct document.

  • Kurt L Hudson edited Revision 10. Comment: Removed reference to a guide that needs to be removed

  • Joseph,

    I'm so glad to see these new TLGs. Congratulations.

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  • Nice ! Thank you.

  • Thanks , I hope everybody will gain some hand son from this TLGs

  • I think there is a problem with the Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate DirectAccess Simplified Setup in an IPv4-only Test Environment in Windows Server "8" Beta. Simplified Setup only implements IP-HTTPS, but CLIENT1 tries to use 6to4 when connected to the Internet. I think 6to4 has to be disabled on CLIENT1 before it can work on the Internet segment.

  • Very useful. Thank you.

  • Thanks for this article!

  • Joe Davies edited Revision 15. Comment: Misc formatting and editing, removal of most instances of "8"

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