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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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Juan Carlos

Installing Visual Studio 2015 Preview Step by Step in a CloudShare Environment!

November 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Demos & POCs, Dev / Test | Tags:


As you know, Microsoft is currently working in a new version of Visual Studio named Visual Studio 2015. It is currently available as preview in this URL.  In this article I will show you how the installation process from CloudShare for Visual Studio 2015 Preview is quite straightforward and easy to follow:

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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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