A Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V test lab configuration provides general guidance for setting up a specific test lab configuration corresponding to a Test Lab Guide (TLG) on a single Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V server. Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V test lab configurations are a content type in the Test Lab Guides content set. You can create your own Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V test lab configuration and publish it in the TechNet Wiki, the TechNet Gallery, or in your own publication venue.

Note that Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V test lab configurations only describe the set of steps and procedures to host the test lab for a TLG on a Hyper-V server. They do not describe the steps for configuring products, features, technologies, or end-to-end solutions. That is the role of modular TLGs, TLG mini-modules, and test lab extensions.

This article describes the process for creating and publishing a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V test lab configuration.

End-to-end process for creating and publishing a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V test lab configuration

  1. Determine the TLG and the resulting test lab for which you are creating a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V test lab configuration.
  2. Outline the steps and procedures to configure the virtual and physical environment using a single Hyper-V server and physical components as needed.
  3. Begin building out the test lab hosted in Hyper-V for the desired TLG, noting when virtual components need to be added—such as virtual switches for subnets and virtual machines for computers—or configured.
  4. Construct your Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V test lab configuration article. To help with this, use the Wiki: Hosting a Test Lab with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Template as a starting point. If you use this template, your Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V test lab configuration will have the same structure and boilerplate text as others. Look over Hosting Test Lab Guide Environments in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, the existing set of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V test lab configuration articles, to see if there is one similar to yours in terms of steps and components. Feel free to copy appropriate sections or steps.
  5. When the test lab is completely built and hosted in Hyper-V, start over and follow your documented steps to ensure that it works, refining your steps as needed. Repeat this step until your instructions and the desired test lab configuration hosted in Hyper-V are solid and reproducible. If possible, hand your instructions to another person to follow and see if they are also successful.
  6. Add the TLG test lab diagram from the desired TLG. This shows the logical configuration of the test lab, with computers and subnets.
  7. Add a Hyper-V test lab diagram. This shows the set of virtual machines, virtual switches, and physical computers and switches and their connections for the hosted test lab. For more information, see Wiki: Creating a Hyper-V test lab diagram.
  8. Publish your Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V test lab configuration. You can publish this in the TechNet Wiki (web article), the TechNet Gallery (white paper format), or in your own publication venue.
  9. Add a link to your Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V test lab configuration to Hosting Test Lab Guide Environments in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.
  10. Send a quick email to tlgfb@microsoft.com so that your new Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V test lab configuration can be announced in the Test Lab Guides blog.
  11. Advertise your new creation in your own social media outlets.

Example:

For more information, see Wiki: Creating and publishing Test Lab Guide content.