Template Updates -- Visual Studio 2015 & More!

Posted by Alex Entrekin on Dec 12, 2014 9:37:53 AM

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

Trainers, Raise your Hand!

Posted by Alex Entrekin on Dec 10, 2014 9:00:25 AM

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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Topics: Training, CloudShare

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

Posted by John Calvert on Dec 4, 2014 5:05:42 AM

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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Topics: CloudShare

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

Posted by Juan Carlos on Nov 29, 2014 7:02:56 AM

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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Topics: Dev / Test, Demos & POCs, CloudShare

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

Posted by Alex Entrekin on Nov 20, 2014 1:00:08 AM

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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Topics: CloudShare

Build, Test, Repeat!

Posted by Alex Entrekin on Nov 12, 2014 10:12:18 AM

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

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

Posted by Juan Carlos on Oct 25, 2014 4:22:13 AM

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

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