There are so many good reasons to have a lab available. There are very few reasons to not. IT organizations are constantly testing new releases, configurations, and widgets that need to be rolled out. They need to evaluate software and solutions that they want to implement in a production environment. With Windows 8+ and the latest versions of Hyper-V, there is no good reason to not have a lab to use.
With that said, managing the lab in Hyper-V is very easy and to be honest, quite fun. If you are a VMWare shop, that is great. Either way there are some simple techniques and best practices that can be super helpful.
This video walks through some thoughts and ideas on how to manage your lab, how to setup the core environment, and prepare for testing. We’ll try to follow up with additional content related to evaluating Specops solutions, but first things first…