The mother of all Test environments (series)

So a few weeks ago I set out to create the mother of all Test environments at work running the latest Microsoft tech. We’re talking SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013, and Exchange 2013 all running on Windows Server 2012. In addition, my SQL backend is SQL 2012 SP1, and my workstations are running Windows 8 with Office 2013. All brand new tech that I won’t be able to put into production for months (if not 201 4).

It’s all set up now and let me tell you…it is a thing of beauty.

I’m going to putting together a series of articles outlining all the lessons learned and the pitfalls I ran into. The series WILL NOT be regurgitating MSDN and Technet articles; 1) because Microsoft pays their writers handsomely to write that stuff; and, 2) I’m a lazy blog writer.

My first post will be around setting up my VMs and the Domain (complete with AD Certificate Services). Who’s excited!? I know this kid is:

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