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Cloud-Based Dev/Test Environments for SharePoint using CloudShare



Presentation delivered to Microsoft Federal SharePoint User Group in Ottawa, ON, Canada on Tuesday, September 24, 2013.

Presentation delivered to Microsoft Federal SharePoint User Group in Ottawa, ON, Canada on Tuesday, September 24, 2013.



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  • Infrastructure options include:cloud vs on premisespre-configured vs build your ownrent software licenses vs buy your ownOther options include:Windows AzureSkytappossibly others
  • Cloud VM is different from cloud hosting, in the former you get full access to the OS, software platform eg SharePoint, and servers/serviceseg SQL, IIS, in the latter you get only limited access to a portion of the software platform eg SharePoint site collections and restricted adminCloudShare founded in 2007. used by over 50% of Fortune 100 in USASkytap founded in 2006, in 2013 has 250 enterprise customers & 2 million VMs launched
  • Tailored to dev & QA – full domain and OS admin accessVM Templates: http://www.cloudshare.com/products/proplus/available-machines and http://www.cloudshare.com/showcasePriced and licenses per environment which can contain multiple VMs within an overall cap for RAM, CPUs and diskAssign contributor: invite collaborators to access and modify the same environment and its VMs, under owner’s licenseAssign copy: send an isolated snapshot copy, limited lifespan 48 hrs (or 14 days if starting a new user trial), can upgrade to full fledged environment by assigning a licenseEdit environment to add RAM and disk space
  • Create trial account with email address ms-spug-talk@hotmail.caSelect SharePoint 2013 RTM VMShow list of standard and showcase templatesConnect via web and RDPAssign copy to johnmcalvert@hotmail.caAssign contributor to johnmcalvert@hotmail.ca
  • FQDNWeb accessLocal drives
  • Most/all modern browsers supported, MSIE, Chrome, FF, Safari (?)CloudShare claims improved RDP performance with their browser plug-inWindows Server 2008 R2 last patched May 2012SharePoint 2010 VM templates are at SP1 patch level, you will have to apply any CUs and SP2Windows Server 2012 last patch May 2013SharePoint 2013 VM templates are at RTM patch level, you will have to apply any CUs
  • Other features:Advanced networkingFTP access2 concurrent VM imports100 GB Max import depot10 GB shared driveFeatures not available during self-service trial:VPN accessPublic IPsPrivate branding of Skytap interface

Cloud-Based Dev/Test Environments for SharePoint using CloudShare Cloud-Based Dev/Test Environments for SharePoint using CloudShare Presentation Transcript

  • JohnCalvert (Software Craft) Sept 24, 2013 Microsoft Federal SharePoint User Group (Ottawa,ON)
  •  Intro  SharePoint Dev/Test Infrastructure Challenges  CloudVM Options  CloudShare ProPlus  CloudShareTeamLabs  Other Options  Conclusion
  • Who am I?  .NET / SharePoint solution architect  Over 18 years experience developing business solutions for private industry & government  Recent clients include NSERC, NRC, DFAIT, CFPSA, OSFI, IRB, MCC  Specialize in Microsoft technologies
  • Need a clean fully-configured SP farm to:  Develop new apps and features  Test configuration changes  Demo / training  TestWindows and SharePoint updates and upgrades  Analysis of defects eg heavy logging
  •  Time consuming and expensive to build, maintain and host multiple SharePoint farms and configurations  Is the cloud available when I need it?  Where is my code and data held?  What is the security and privacy?
  •  CloudVM versus cloud hosting  CloudShare  WindowsAzure  Skytap  Others?
  •  Tailed to development and QA needs  Pre-config virtual environments (1 or +VMs)  Many templates, esp. SharePoint 2010 & 2013  Pre-installed software already licensed  Easily to collaborate or share an isolated copy  Multi-user access for webinar / demo  Priced per environment and per 8G RAM  14 day free trial capped at 8G RAM, 2 CPUs
  •  New SharePoint 2013VM environment
  •  Persistent fully qualified domain name  Web access and permalink  Access local drives  SimpleVisual Studio extension to manage environments andVMs  Environment vs machine  Single snapshot / backup
  •  Other features
  •  Pure browser-based access possible  Browser plug-in/extension for enhanced RDP experience  Windows and SharePoint updates required in VM  Capture snapshot with precise time-of-defect VM state
  •  Multiple environments  Multiple snapshots / backups  Projects to organize environments  Upload your ownVM  JoinVMs to corporate domain  TFS build actions including remote compilation and deployment
  •  Install/configure the infrastructure and install the software from templates  Free 30-day / $220 of compute trial requires a credit card  16 page lab guide with around 100 steps to set up SharePoint 2013VM  I haven’t tried the setup, but sounds heavy
  •  Targeted at advanced, multi-VM configurations and priced accordingly  Value-add is tooling for those configurations  Bring-your-own license keys model 30 day trial capped at  750 Skytap-VM hours  5 Concurrent Skytap-VM machines  250 GB storage
  •  http://www.cloudshare.com/  http://www.windowsazure.com/  http://www.skytap.com/
  •  John Calvert (Software Craft)  Johnmcalvert at hotmail dot ca  softwarecraft dot ca  at softwarecraft99