It have been a long time in coming, but we have a small test lab environment. We were able to get a single Dell 2950 server with some memory (32GB) and some disk (6x2TB drives).
I put Win08R2 on running the Hyper-V role. I used the Microsoft Test Lab Guide Base Configuration to set up an initial lab environment. To speed things up, my VMs all use differencing disks pointing to a sysprepped ‘base disk’ for each OS (Windows Server 08 R2 and Windows 7 64bit Professional). This let’s me turn up new machines in just a few minutes.
Some of the first things I am going to be testing in this lab are a few possible backup solutions. Specifically, I am going to be looking at Data Protection Manager and AppAssure.
I am very excited to be able to test before implementing now.