Alex Entrekin

Templates are on the menu! (where they always were)

November 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare


Today we made a simple change – public availability of environment templates.  This means you can search and access all of our environment templates directly from the Showcase.  If you already have a Team or Enterprise subscription, you already have access to the full list.

But if you are new to CloudShare, you might wonder:

  • What are my options for testing environments…?
  • Or demo environments…?
  • And do you have a ______ template?
  • Or a preconfigured ______ machines?

Of course we do, and now you can search for them here.   And if there is something you need that we do not yet have, let us know! Read below about environment templates, and how you can get involved.

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Alex Entrekin

Build, Test, Repeat!

November 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Demos & POCs, Dev / Test, SharePoint, Training


Building test environments should be easy — not just simple if it’s a simple configuration, or simple for experienced IT.  When on-premise infrastructure, legacy code, and new projects are involved, building and testing becomes complicated.  Thankfully, CloudShare and its users have been solving these problems for a long time.

Each week, CloudShare’s solutions team and inquisitive users discuss their solutions in a weekly webinar.  Together, we cover topics like synching on-premise networks and the cloud, simple methods for (moving closer to) continuous integration, and more.

Some Common Questions:

  • Can I work in secure offline setting with a CloudShare environment?
  • Can I connect to an on-premise network and it’s directories?
  • We want to move to nightly builds, how can you help?
  • How can my work be moved to a production environment?

Read below to learn about this week’s topic: “hybrid clouds”.

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Juan Carlos

SharePoint 2013 & SharePoint Online: How many site templates do I have available?

October 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Demos & POCs, Dev / Test, SharePoint | Tags: , ,


A common decision we have to take when we need to create a Site Collection or a Site in SharePoint 2013 OnPremises or SharePoint Online is about the base site template we are going to use to start modeling a specific site. One of the aspects where SharePoint 2013 OnPremises has “some advantage” compared with SharePoint Online is on the number of site templates we have available in each case: SharePoint OnPremise has more site templates than SharePoint Online.

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Alex Entrekin

Test Full Production Systems without Touching Production Data!

October 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare


Where to Begin, How to Begin?
When developers need to start playing with new technologies, or testing against requirements, they can’t just begin. Setting up in preparation for a new deployment requires both time and effort: Machines, OS versions, frameworks… It all needs to be arranged, provisioned and/or reserved.  This can take much longer than the actual test, and often yields a much higher error rate.

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How CloudShare Helps the Sharepoint Community

October 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare


Cloud computing providers should help the community. With ability to create, replicate and share a fully functional environment CloudShare does just that. It provides complete support for creating, replicating and managing SharePoint environments. This and a few other things make CloudShare the leader in the SharePoint market.

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Zvi Guterman

Introducing More Powerful, Flexible CloudShare!

October 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Dev / Test


Dear CloudSharers!

We are happy to announce a significant service enhancement to all CloudShare customers. Our goal is to provide developers, testers and managers with a cloud platform that is easy to operate, transparently priced and cost effective.

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Juan Carlos

SharePoint: How To re-start SharePoint Timer Service using PowerShell / Custom Code!

September 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Demos & POCs, Dev / Test, SharePoint, Training | Tags: ,


In this article I will show you how to re-start al the instances of the SharePoint Timer Service in a SharePoint farm by means of PowerShell and the Server Side Object Model. Both approaches are quite similar as you will see in the code. Let’s start :-).

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Alex Entrekin

CloudShare Automation: Quality Testing Simplified

September 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Dev / Test


As software continues to “eat the world”, everything in the development and deployment process is scrutinized and subjected to automation.  Whether you find this revolutionary or business as usual, it’s worth considering:  What can be automated?

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Alex Entrekin

Cloud Comparison: Cost of CloudShare vs Azure Dev/Test VMs

September 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare


Last week we began comparing CloudShare’s virtual labs to general purpose systems like Azure IaaS, pointing out the key features of a virtual lab: automated provisioning, saving, clone, suspension and sharing of full IT environments.  This enables full system tests on-demand and automates many tedious IT and configuration tasks. This week we discuss how this automation also makes the lab much more cost-effective than a patchwork solution built from IaaS like Azure.

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Juan Carlos

How to create and update SharePoint Property Bags from a CSV file!

September 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Demos & POCs, SharePoint, Training | Tags: , ,


As you know, SharePoint Property Bags are a powerful mechanism we have available in SharePoint to create and define configuration properties at the different logical levels in the platform architecture: Farm, Web Application, Site Collection, Site, List / Document Library and Folder). SharePoint Property bags are very useful to store configuration properties such as Database connection strings, specific data for the solutions we are building, etc. Finally, It’s a best practice to use Property Bags to store and retrieve such configuration properties required by our SharePoint solutions. In this article I will so you how to create and update SharePoint Property Bags from a CSV file using PowerShell so you can automate the process of maintaining your Property Bags in your SharePoint deployment.

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