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CloudShare who? Blog Series Part 2 – Configure your environments

I have had this post in my drafts for some time and I have been trying to get round publishing this for some time.  I cannot go on about how good Cloudshare is and what a fantastic service and model they offer.  In a nutshell they provide a cloud based service that individuals (Pro plus account) or enterprises can subscribe to provide a pooled hardware resource count, from here you can then add prebuilt and configured services or environments ranging from Linux, to Windows, to SharePoint 2010 and Exchange 2010 – this includes full licenses.

For a complete listing of all the machines they offer see here – All these machines can be intergrated into your own network through the use of VPN’s etc and are spun up within a matter of minutes (sometimes sec’s).

Once you have signed up for a 14 day trial account then create an environment, edit that environment and select the machines that you want to be provisioned within that environment:

This will take some time for the machines to be built, from here you will be able to view the username and passwords for the machines within that domain, connect through an RDP client to the “public address” – BTW this will change every time you suspend and spin up your environment.  Also note to get these details you need to view your environment and then select more details on the server / machine in question for example please look at the below screenshot:

Cloudshare external address

Now to be frank that is it, hence the beauty of this service, my only concern for me (being a hardware monkey) is the RAM, CPU and Storage I require.


Thanks and go ans sign up for 14 days – what do you have to loose…!


Axceler Case Study – Control your SharePoint Governance

So cast your mind back to the post I did a few weeks ago looking into the case study interview published by Axceler.  In this interview I went over the advantages of purchasing Axceler to help control your SharePoint environments, help with implementing you SharePoint Governance Framework and aid in SharePoint Farm administration.

As mentioned before I will be looking into a blog series in which I document and install Control Point within my Cloud Share environment.  So without taking the detail out of my carefully prepared blog series please take a look at the case study just released by Axceler here –

A small extract from the case study is below:

UK-Based Insurance Provider Needed Better Control of Growing SharePoint Environment

Equity Insurance Group Limited is well established in the United Kingdom personal lines and commercial insurance markets. It comprises two specialist divisions: Equity Red Star, the underwriting business and Equity direct Broking Limited, the affinities broking division. Equity Insurance Group is owned by Insurance Australia Group Limited (IAG), which has operations in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Asia.
Equity Insurance originally implemented SharePoint as a business intelligence platform for a single centralized portal. As it began to roll out intranet sites and built out its collaboration capabilities, workflow and document sharing, it was apparent that its three SharePoint 2010 farms were increasingly difficult to manage. The decision to use SharePoint for an internet project – adding two more SharePoint farms – was the tipping point for Keith Bucknall, Equity’s lead technical architect.
“Five farms were just too many for us to manage with only the native SharePoint capabilities,” noted Bucknall. “We needed one centralized solution that would provide us with a single view of security across all farms, make it easier to copy and move content between farms, and improve the overall user experience.”
Bucknall had selected and used Axceler’s ControlPoint for more than two years at a previous insurance company, after evaluating three solutions. So he knew right away that ControlPoint was the best choice to help him manage Equity’s growing SharePoint environment.
“I had already seen the benefits that ControlPoint could provide, and with improved security and centralization as my primary goals, it was the perfect solution for both our current and future SharePoint needs.”

Axceler solutions enable enterprises to simplify, optimize and secure their collaborative platforms. Today, Axceler is a leader in managing SharePoint governance, security, reporting and analysis. Among its numerous Microsoft SharePoint solutions, Axceler offers award-winning ControlPoint for administration and Davinci Migrator and FileLoader for migration.