After 6 months working through legal and technical hurdles with Microsoft Australia and their hosting partner Emantra, and a month of beta testing, I'm happy to report that the CPAN Testing Laboratory is now open for general access.
The initial incarnation consists of 7 virtual hosts with the following operating systems.
1. Windows XP Professional
2. Windows Server 2003 32-bit
3. Windows Server 2003 64-bit
4. Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
5. Windows Server 2008 32-bit
6. Windows Server 2006 64-bit
7. Windows 7 Beta
These machines are intended for ad-hoc testing and development by CPAN authors, and currently all of them are configured for exclusive access by a single user (to allow for complete flexibility in testing).
I've set up a specific #msopensource channel on irc.perl.org to help authors coordinate their usage of the different machines and for administration purposes. If you would like a login to the testing lab, you can either join the channel of (If I'm not there) email me via my adamk@cpan address.
For the time being, to create an account I'll need your CPAN id, full name, and a unique password that you don't mind me (or any other admins) seeing.
Because the current lab is quite experimental (both for us and for Microsoft), the current plan is to observe how people use it over the next 6 months and improve it incrementally as needed.
Finally, thank you all for your patience over the last 6 months, and thanks in particular to the guys at Microsoft that helped spearhead this effort through to completion. Of particular mention out of the dozen people involved:
Cristoph Otto, Software Test Engineer, Microsoft Open Source Software Lab
Anandeep Pannu, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Open Source Software Lab
Sam Ramji, Senior Director, Microsoft Open Source Software Lab
Lawrence Crumpton, Platform Strategy Manager, Microsoft Australia
Jorke Odolphi, Web Platform Architect Evangelist, Microsoft Australia