Automating the SharePoint Pop-Up Lab with Powershell

If you spent a couple of hours building your SharePoint Pop-Up Lab, you’ll want an efficient way of quickly popping it up and popping it back down again. This video gives click-by-click, line-by-line instructions on how to use the resources you’ve already created in your SharePoint Pop-Up Lab in Poweshell scripts to automate the pop-up…

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Building a SharePoint Pop-Up Lab in Windows Azure

Increasingly, pop-up labs are being used by more and more people. They are pre-configured, self-contained lab environments. This click-by-click video shows you how to build a SharePoint 2010 pop-up lab with SQL Server, AD and a SharePoint Server Farm, all hosted on a self-contained Windows Azure Virtual Network.. Then the next video in the series,…

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Azure VM Role is dead, long live VMs…

I notice so many people using the terms “Windows Azure VM Role” and “Windows Azure Virtual Machines” interchangeably; as if they are the same thing. They’re not. And maybe that’s what describes a tiny bit of the confusion regarding the death of VM Role. Windows Azure Virtual Machines are often described as “Persistent VM Role”,…

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Cartoon and Demo: Build the World’s Simplest Pop-Up Lab in Windows Azure Using IaaS Features

I thought this would be interesting since WIndows Azure VMs and Virtual Networks were released as a Generally Available (GA) service With the diagrams live-drawn in “cartoony” format, this video shows how to build a really simple lab consisting of 2 IIS web servers connected to a load balancer with traffic balanced over port 80….

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Video: Explanation of Pop-up Labs in the Cloud

Devs, IT Pros, Architects, Marketeers, Salespeople, Business-oriented people – they are all rapidly becoming part of the pop-up lab phenomenon. Until now it was very difficult for private individuals with an interest (whether casual or professional) in large-scale IT, to build large IT labs – the capital expenditure was too large. Attempts through the use…

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The Rise and Rise of Pop-up Labs in the Cloud

Young children read pop up books; books whose pages pop up in to some form of structure for the child to admire and then pop back in again when the page is turned. As the page is turned it produces a different structure. Perhaps the first one was a lion or a space-rocket. The next…

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Event: "Apps + Cloud" for the device developer who is too busy to learn (UK)

18th March – Reading, UK. You’ve got your beautiful new app ready to run on a tablet, smartphone or other mobile device, and are ready to hook into an infrastructure cloud service for the back-end. Your main concern is making sure it’s reliable – you can’t risk even a small chance of an outage of…

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Video: TIGA Gaming Conference: Games plus Cloud. Rob Fraser’s talk.

I was at the TIGA gaming conference with Rob Fraser who was a speaker addressing “realising the opportunity afforded to games developers by exploiting the cloud”. I took a couple of FlipCams and screen capture software to edit together this talk. A couple of rough edges here and there, but very watchable. 30 minutes of…

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Video: UK’s Biggest Computer Mag Combines Windows 8 App with Azure.

I’m sure we’ve all seen Computeractive on the shelves of our newsagents. When Microsoft releases a new version of Windows, Computeractive does a feature article. This time as well as the print article, they’ve developed a Windows 8 application that uses an Azure back end to deliver video lessons straight in to the app. With…

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