Training

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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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: 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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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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Juan Carlos

How To Import Search Query Suggestions using PowerShell!

July 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Demos & POCs, Dev / Test, SharePoint, Training | Tags: , ,


Undoubtedly, SharePoint search is one of the most powerful features available in the platform not only for the out of the box features but also for the multiple extensibility points provided. In this post we will see how we can improve the search user experience through search query suggestions imported in SharePoint using the power provided by PowerShell. Read the rest of this entry »


Juan Carlos

How to determine the size of the SharePoint Content DBs in a SharePoint Farm!

June 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Demos & POCs, Dev / Test, SharePoint, Training | Tags: ,


One of the most common administration tasks when managing a SharePoint environment is to have under control the sizes of the SharePoint content databases available in a SharePoint farm. Although there are several possibilities to get this information, I recommend you to use Windows PowerShell so you can take advantage of the features and great capabilities it provides when doing SharePoint administration task. As you will learn in this article, you can easily get the size for your SharePoint Content Databases by means of a PowerShell Script.

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Daniel Bakshi

Inception: The journey of nested virtualization

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


If you’ve not been living on the moon, you’ve probably heard of the concept of “Nested Virtualization”.
This is a method of running a Virtual Machine inside a Virtual Machine.

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Juan Carlos

How to create a Web Performance Test for SharePoint 2013 using VS 2013 Update 1 – Part I!

February 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Demos & POCs, Dev / Test, SharePoint, Training | Tags: , , , ,


In this post I will explain how you can do web performance tests in SharePoint 2013. In the same way you can detect/prevent any issue or problem on your SharePoint Solutions doing an exhaustive analysis using tools like MSOCAF (Microsoft SharePoint Online Code Analysis Framework), you can verify performance and stress abilities on your SharePoint applications by creating web performance and load tests. In this first post I will show you how to create a Web Performance Test for SharePoint 2013 using Visual Studio 2013 (VS 2013) Update 1 in a SharePoint 2013 CloudShare environment.

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Juan Carlos

Analyzing SharePoint Solutions with MOSCAF – Part II

January 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Demos & POCs, Dev / Test, SharePoint, Training | Tags: , , , , ,


In this article I will continue talking about how to use the capabilities provided by MSOCAF (Microsoft SharePoint Online Code Analysis Framewor) for auditing a SharePoint environment in terms of .WSP solutions deployed. If you remember, in my last post about MSOCAF we simply reviewed how to install and use the tool in a CloudShare SharePoint development environment. In this blog post I will continue showing you how MSOCAF is a great tool for analyzing SharePoint solutions and detect any problems introduced by them in a SharePoint farm.

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