Use these cloud adoption Test Lab Guides (TLGs) to set up demonstration or dev/test environments for Office 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), Dynamics 365, and Office Server products.

TLGs help you quickly learn about Microsoft products. They’re great for situations where you need to evaluate a technology or configuration before you decide whether it’s right for you or before you roll it out to users. The “I built it out myself and it works” hands-on experience helps you understand the deployment requirements of a new product or solution so you can better plan for hosting it in production.

TLGs also create representative environments for development and testing of applications, also known as dev/test environments.

Test Lab Guides in the Microsoft Cloud

See these additional resources before diving in:

Use these articles to build your Office 365 dev/test environment:

  • Base Configuration dev/test environment

    Create a simplified intranet running in Microsoft Azure infrastructure services. This is an optional step if you want to build a simulated enterprise configuration.

  • Office 365 dev/test environment

    Create an Office 365 Enterprise E5 trial subscription, which you can do from your computer or from a simplified intranet running in Azure infrastructure services.

  • DirSync for your Office 365 dev/test environment

    Install and configure Azure AD Connect for directory synchronization with password synchronization. This is an optional step if you want to build a simulated enterprise configuration.

For your Office 365 dev/test environment, use these articles to demonstrate enterprise features of Office 365:

Create a dev/test environment for Microsoft 365 Enterprise scenarios with these articles:

Add a Dynamics 365 trial subscription and test Office 365 and Dynamics 365 integrated features and scenarios with these articles:

Create a dev/test environment that includes all of Microsoft’s cloud offerings: Office 365, Azure, EMS, and Dynamics 365. See The One Microsoft Cloud dev/test environment for the step-by-step instructions.

You can create a cross-premises dev/test environment, which includes an Azure virtual network and a simulated on-premises network, with these articles:

Here are additional cloud-based dev/test environments that you can create in Azure infrastructure services:

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Free Step by Step SharePoint Server 2013 Lab Guides by Microsoft

This Post contains a bunch of Free Step by Step SharePoint Server 2013 Lab Guides that Microsoft gives for free on its Download Center. Usually I post them together with the other free resources that Microsoft offers, however this is a Test Lab Guide (TLG) only post, and the rest of the resources will come later in the month.

Free Step by Step SharePoint Server 2013 Lab Guides by Microsoft

Microsoft Download Center

  1. Test Lab Guide: Configure SharePoint Server 2013 in a three-tier farm
  2. Test Lab Guide: Configure intranet and team sites for SharePoint Server 2013
  3. Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate permissions with SharePoint Server 2013
  4. Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate profile synchronization for SharePoint Server 2013
  5. Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Social Features for SharePoint Server 2013
  6. Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate SAML-based Claims Authentication with SharePoint Server 2013
  7. Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate forms-based claims authentication for SharePoint Server 2013
  8. Test Lab Guide: Configure eDiscovery for SharePoint Server 2013
  9. Test Lab Guide: Create a Business Intelligence Baseline Environment
  10. Test Lab Guide: Configure Secure Store
  11. Test Lab Guide: Configure Excel Services
  12. Test Lab Guide: Configure the Excel Services unattended service account
  13. Test Lab Guide: Configure Excel Services data refresh by using an embedded connection
  14. Test Lab Guide: Configure Excel Services data refresh by using an external connection
  15. Test Lab Guide: Configure Visio Services
  16. Test Lab Guide: Configure the Visio Services unattended service account
  17. Test Lab Guide: Configure Visio Services data refresh using an external connection
  18. Test Lab Guide: Configure PerformancePoint Services
  19. Test Lab Guide: Configure data access for PerformancePoint Services
  20. Test Lab Guide Mini-Module: Configuring a Second SharePoint Server 2013 Farm 
  21. Test Lab Guide: Configure a Highly Available SharePoint Server 2013 Search Topology
  22. Test Lab Guide: Configure an Integrated Exchange, Lync, and SharePoint Test Lab

A very nice Poster from Microsoft that resumes the above http://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/download/details.aspx?id=39298
Teched North America

  1. Configuring Office Web Applications for Microsoft SharePoint 2013 
  2. Configuring Social Features in Microsoft SharePoint 2013 
  3. Extending the Search Experience in Microsoft SharePoint 2013 
  4. Introduction to Web Content Management in Microsoft SharePoint 2013 
  5. Designing a Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Site 

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