Dave Wolf - SharePoint Champ

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Category: SharePoint 2013 (page 2 of 2)

Development, Familiarization, Demonstration Environment

Short of building a dedicated VM box with multiple instances for AD, SQL Server, and one or more SharePoint servers, and then securing a static IP account for real-world work and internet connectivity, CloudShare provides a reasonable alternative.

I’ve recently set up a CloudShare account (they are not compensating me for this plug…) to do some prototyping. They offer several plans, including a ‘pay by the drink’ plan where you are charged for memory usage (GB/hour)¬†only when the virtual servers are running. You can connect to the servers through RDP, PowerShell, and a browser interface. The experience is best when you connect via RDP – much like being connected to a server within a closed environment. If you are comfortable with typical VPN, then you will be comfortable with this mode.

I’ll elaborate more after I’ve used it for a while and get a feel for how much it costs to use.

http://www.cloudshare.com

 

Need to explain what SharePoint is?

How often do you need to explain SharePoint to someone who is unfamiliar with it, or who hasn’t looked at SharePoint in several years?

Simon Allardice, Senior Author at lynda.com, prepared a dynamite YouTube presentation that introduces SharePoint quite well. I encourage you to view this presentation to pick up a few pointers or just play the video for your audience. He’s a great presenter and this video is professionally produced.

Since SharePoint has been out for a while many decision makers have been exposed to SharePoint but are unaware of its newest, advanced capabilities.

Simon’s presentation is a solid starting point for a conversation with your organization’s stakeholders or a prospective customer.

Take a look and share your thoughts. Let Simon know if you appreciate the effort and if it helps you better inform your audiences.

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