CloudShare

Juan Carlos

[Tip]: Can I use Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition to develop for SharePoint and Office 365?

January 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Demos & POCs, Dev / Test, SharePoint | Tags: ,


Well, this was the question I made myself when I was creating a new virtual machine template for CloudShare’s Showcase. Basically, by default Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition doesn’t come with the Visual Studio 2013 Tools for Office installed…but of course, you can install them in your SharePoint & Office 365 development environment.

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Alex Entrekin

ESXi Test Environments On-Demand!

January 13th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare


For mature IT set-ups, virtualization is a must, if just for app consolidation and management.

But testing, changing and sharing a virtualized environment is rarely done, since it’s considered dreadfully complex:  see this expert’s 68 page guide for a  “nearly automated” test lab build process. It doesn’t have to be this way. CloudShare lets you test, version and save or destroy copies of your entire system. An on-demand ESXi environment is one great example.

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Alex Entrekin

Azure is Wal-Mart and that’s OK

January 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare


It was big, bad news for many when Azure went down for 11 hours in November.  And it was good news for the IT industry, and cloud consumers, when they published a teardown of the incident.

Azure is changing the discussion this week,  from availability to features: Security, the “G” Series VMs, and initial support for Docker.   It’s the right PR move, and it’s honest.

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Alex Entrekin

New Year, New Projects, No New Resources? Just Add Time

January 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare


Happy New Year!  And happy week of realizing resolutions, pitching new ideas, restarting projects, and revisiting old opportunities.  Let’s hope everything goes to plan!

dilbert

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Juan Carlos

How to deal with permissions in SharePoint using the Client Side Object Model and PowerShell

December 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Demos & POCs, Dev / Test, SharePoint, Training | Tags: , , ,


This time I am sharing a PowerShell script about how to get the list of all SharePoint Groups and all the users per group in a SharePoint site using the Client Side Object Model in a PowerShell script:

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Alex Entrekin

Automate your Failure Process

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


“The end result is a … new system that, if actually deployed, will leave our country more vulnerable than the existing yet flawed system in operation today”

Dept. Homeland Security, August 2008
Project name: Railhead
Cost:$500M

Most IT projects don’t assume the terrifying scope or budget of “Railhead.” And not all failures are as catastrophic, but the failure rate for everyday software and IT projects is shockingly high.

Why?

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Alex Entrekin

What Happens when the Internet has more than Doubled?

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


Cloud service providers are notoriously cautious when discussing outages, service levels, and SLAs. While many trumpet “strength” the perceived risk remains. And it is only reinforced by the massive scale and duration of recent service outages.

CloudShare has a status page – check it out here – and we think this is a very good start. It’s a simple pane to view the metrics we find critical to service uptime. We believe in simplicity and transparency, and it is our goal to communicate what we can, when we can.

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Alex Entrekin

Template Updates — Visual Studio 2015 & More!

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


CloudShare templates are one of the easiest way to start a project – grab a pre-configured machine or an entire multi-machine environment, and skip straight to the customization.  The CloudShare template team builds and updates these constantly, and we are glad to work with the community to accept and promote helpful templates.

This week, we are glad to share both.  Asif Rehmani, Microsoft MVP and SharePoint expert, added an “In-Context Sharepoint Training Environment”. The indefatigable Juan Carlos added two Visual Studio 2013 and 2015 templates, and our team added some updates of their own.  Check it out!

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Alex Entrekin

Trainers, Raise your Hand!

December 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Training


Now that the cloud promises software-as-a-service, servicing everywhere, many trainers and consulting shops are challenged to deliver reliable, high quality instruction to anywhere in the world.  They need to get the infrastructure and software configured right, getting it out to everyone in the class, and keep everyone on the same page, even when that page freezes, malfunctions or confounds the students.

CloudShare’s new classroom management updates are here to help!  Read up below!

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How to Bulk Provision Active Directory Users in a CloudShare Sharepoint Environment

December 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare


A CloudShare hosted environment is a great way to quickly and easily provision virtual machines for demo and testing. In order to present realistic demo and test scenarios you will want a variety of Active Directory user accounts and SharePoint user profiles including My Sites profile information.

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