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I’ve started a Wordpress blog at because of the reasons I explain in my first blog post on that site. I will probably make most of my updates on that site going forward. 


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Modified: 10/16/2014 9:27 AM
Why I like CloudShare


I promised Chris Riley (@HoardingInfo) that I would write a blog post about how and why I use CloudShare.  As a part of one of their community programs, I get a complimentary license for their ProPlus plan, which I find very handy.  That’s the disclaimer – I have a financial incentive to write this post – that free CloudShare license.

I’ve used CloudShare in two scenarios. One was for a project for a customer. We were building a SharePoint intranet.  We needed to quickly spin up SharePoint development environments so the developers on the project team could have independent SharePoint environments in which to write and unit test code.  By using a CloudShare template for a single server SharePoint farm, and then connecting the VM to the Team Foundation Server (TFS) instance we were using, we were able to get from “never used CloudShare before” to “I have a development farm and the latest source code, and the project successfully builds in Visual Studio” in under an hour.  This way, the client didn’t have to invest in additional on premise physical or virtual machines when new staff joined the dev team.  They did choose to have an on premise staging farm, and an on premise production farm.

If we would have had to build our own development farms, it would have taken hours to set up each farm, not including time to install Visual Studio.

The other scenario I use my CloudShare VM for is for when I give my introductory talk on PowerShell for SharePoint. I’ve given this talk 3 or 4 times in the last year.  I don’t want to spend a lot of time setting up my farm.  I need a SharePoint 2013 VM that I can access quickly.  I found running HyperV on my laptop was just not fun – I can’t justify the cost of adding a lot of ram, I have to swap out the CD player for the SSD drive, and if I really want optimal performance, I need to reboot into the VM rather than run it as a guest OS.  With CloudShare, I can stay in my Windows desktop where I have all my daily productivity tools, and just access my CloudShare VM via browser or Remote Desktop session. I can focus on setting up my demos, not setting up the farm underneath them.  Of course, I do require internet access, but that’s pretty ubiquitous. As a presenter, I usually find that the presentation podium has a wired internet connection, so I don’t have to worry about the vagaries of wifi at conferences.

Another nice thing about the CloudShare Vm I use for my PowerShell+SharePoint lectures is that I can share it.  I can provide a link and people can explore a copy of the VM for a limited time.

So there you go.  CloudShare is great in those scenarios.  If you are doing team server-side development with SharePoint, and you don’t want to deal with the infrastructure of each developer having their own farm, CloudShare is a great way to go.


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Bill English coming to town August 22, 2013


Bill English, renown SharePoint MVP, and organizer of the SharePoint Best Practices Conference, will be speaking to CSPUG this Thursday night at the Microsoft office in the Loop.

Be there!

There are also two other big SharePoint events in Chicago in the next few months:

SharePoint Fest Chicago is October 7-9 in Rosemont.  Jack Fruh (one of the organizers of SharePoint Saturday Chicago Suburbs) and I  will be delivering a half day PowerShell workshop on Monday, and I’ll be speaking on PowerShell on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Also at SharePoint Fest Chicago, Monday night October 7th, we will have our October CSPUG meeting featuring a discussion panel of some of the speakers from SharePoint Fest! 

To save 15% when attending SharePoint Fest, use code CSPUG when registering at

Then Saturday November 2, 2013, SharePoint Saturday Chicago (City edition) will be at the Hard Rock Hotel.

See you there!

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Modified: 8/19/2013 12:07 PM
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 Noteable Activities

  • Lead a team to create a data management infrastruture using SQL Server 2014 in Azure for a health insurance startup.
  • Served as a SharePoint Architect and Build Engineer on a SharePoint Intranet project for a Fortune 50 company.
  • Performed SharePoint Administration of a customer's intranet for several months.
  • Built a collaboration solution for a global civil engineering firm's communities of practice.
  • Public speaking on SharePoint topics. For more information, click here.
  • Co-Leader for the Chicago SharePoint User Group. Visit for the Chicago SharePoint User Group. Visit and come to our meetings!


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