Test Lab Guides (TLGs) are a modular content set that rely on a standard base configuration and allow IT professionals to build test labs that configure and demonstrate products, features, technologies, and IT solutions.
As a Microsoft partner, you are welcome to develop and publish your own TLG content that shows how your products, used in conjunction with Microsoft products, provide specific functionality or enable a multi-product, end-to-end IT solution. Here are some
From a product development and sales engagement perspective, TLGs:
What TLGs attempt to do is shorten the evaluation phase through a set of highly prescriptive documents (white papers or articles) so that a customer can demonstrate key product or solution value for themselves as quickly as possible.
TLG content does take time to develop, test, re-test, publish, and then maintain as your products evolve. This investment of time and resources must be weighed against other documentation efforts. When evaluating whether TLGs are a content type to invest
in, consider the following:
If the answer to both of these questions is "Yes," TLG content can be a great way for your customers, who might already be familiar with TLGs and have existing test lab environments, to "try before they buy."
For guidance and step-by-step instructions on how to develop and publish your own TLG content, see
Wiki: Creating and Publishing Test Lab Guide Content.
For a more detailed overview of the TLG initiative and links to existing TLGs, see
http://microsoft.com/testlabguides. There are over 200 separate pieces of TLG content published by Microsoft, community members, and partners.
For examples of customer feedback on TLGs, see the comments on this
blog post and this