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Ephemeral and Free Virtual Machines in CloudShare

This last week I've been looking for a way of hiring IaaS great! I've learnt a new acronym for torturing people and via twitter Luis Ruiz, a friend of mine, told me to try CloudShare. I was busy and I didn't listen to his advice at first... TOO BAD.

At CloudShare they offer you can create virtual environments for free. With the software and licenses for the same price.

They have a lot of basic virtual machine templates that will help you to have your virtual machine up & running in less than 10 minutes (including the registration time).

For a reasonable price of nothing at all they give you 3 CPUs, 120GB of HD and 6144MB of RAM plus the licenses and software for your machines.

If you decide to pay for a ProPlus account (49$) you can choose more complex templates like SharePoint 2010:

Yes it works here but not in Azure VM Role...

When you start your machine you'll have your URL available to access it, everything surprisingly easy. You can share your virtual machines with other CloudShare users and you can take snapshots and revert to them in case you break something...

The downside of this is that the virtual machines are suspended after 30 minutes of inactivity (and when you wake them up they have a different external IP), but even though it's a fantastic free environment for demoing and testing.

Use my advice and try it.

And you can't connect through VPN in the free version, just in case you were thinking in avoiding MegaVideo time limit...

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Not SharePoint nor SQL Servers are working on the Azure VM Role

As you know, if you read me, I have been trying to be accepted in the Azure VM Role beta program, well, I have finally got a meeting with the guys that could grant me access and they've asked me the most feared question... What do you want it for?

My idea was to set up a farm in the cloud with SQL and SharePoint so I could use SSIS, our BI cube, Reporting services and SharePoint.

Well, this Microsoft guys say that "At the moment that's impossible"... Looks like there are connectivity problems between the machines in VM Role so not SharePoint nor SQL are working properly.

The advice they have for me is to set everything up on Office 365. But, what happens to my BI cube and my reporting services if I can't use web services from the Office 365's sandbox? Hmmm they won't work, so I'll just have half of my solution working and the other half sadly forgotten in the recesses of my hard disk.

The solution they provide... wait until summer.

I'll try to convince my boss to give me six months off, but if this doesn't work I am going to be forced to look for another place to set up my farm on.

Oh and, in case someone doubts it, I wasn't granted the access to the beta program.

And in the meantime Google is giving away laptops for the developers to test their new Chrome OS...

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