How To Build & Clone A Virtualized (ESXi) Environment

Posted by Moran Shayovitch on May 2, 2015 2:57:00 AM

CloudShare's secure on-demand labs house thousands of enterprise set-ups, from "simple" web apps to multi-tier monoliths. In our new "User of the Month" section, we will share what's behind the firewall in these environments, and what makes our most interesting users love CloudShare's on demand environments.  


Our first "User of the Month" is Aaron Yarnal, a security consultant who used CloudShare to test gateway security for a California hospital with 20,000 network users. Aaron built and cloned a virtualized (ESXi) environment, safely tested filtering tools, and upgraded 10 hardened appliances -- while staying well within the hospital's security regulations.

Congratulations! Learn how he did it below!

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Topics: CloudShare, user of the month

Say Hello: CloudShare's New Features

Posted by Moran on Apr 8, 2015 9:47:00 PM



Over the past few weeks we have been continuously improving CloudShare in order to further simplify your setup process and help you deliver your solutions faster. In this post, we’re more than happy to share some of the more exciting updates that made it into production.


Windows package selection


Ever find yourself wasting valuable time looking, downloading and installing your favorite applications on your VMs? Well… not anymore! The entire application and tool installation process just got a lot simpler thanks to the new windows package selection install.

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Topics: Dev / Test, CloudShare

How to read all the PropertyBags for a SharePoint Site Collection!

Posted by Juan Carlos on Feb 6, 2015 4:27:00 AM

This time I’m sharing a new script that allows to get all PropertyBags for a Site Collection in SharePoint 2013 You can download the script from the following link: How to read all property bags in a SharePoint Site Collection

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Topics: Dev / Test, SharePoint, Demos & POCs, CloudShare

SharePoint's Hybrid Future

Posted by Alex Entrekin on Feb 2, 2015 10:52:00 AM

Today on the Office Blog, Julia White wrote that SharePoint 2016 on-premise is scheduled for a summer 2015 reveal date. For Microsoft observers and partners, this is an important affirmation, but hardly surprising news.

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Topics: Dev / Test, SharePoint, CloudShare

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

Posted by Juan Carlos on Jan 22, 2015 7:08:00 PM

Well, this was the question I made myself when I was creating a new virtual machine template for CloudShare’s pre-configured environment templates. 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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Topics: Dev / Test, SharePoint, Demos & POCs, CloudShare

ESXi Test Environments On-Demand!

Posted by Alex Entrekin on Jan 13, 2015 7:35:00 AM

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's virtual IT environments lets you test, provision and save or destroy copies of your entire system. An on-demand ESXi environment is one great example.

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Topics: CloudShare

Azure is Wal-Mart and that’s OK

Posted by Alex Entrekin on Jan 10, 2015 10:23:39 AM

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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Topics: CloudShare

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