Environments and Policies


An entity that combines computing resources, networking, operating systems, software, and memory state in one easy-to-use and manage unit. An environment consists of one or more virtual machines (VMs) connected by one or more virtual networks.


Defines how long an environment will run, when it will be deleted, and what happens to it when it has been idle for a certain length of time. You can define as many policies as you need, and apply a policy to an environment, a POC invitation or to a training class.

Blueprints and Snapshots


A container for an environment’s snapshots. New environments can be created from the default snapshot in the blueprint.

CloudShare Environment template

A preconfigured sample blueprint supplied by CloudShare to showcase some customer environments and best practices.

Default snapshot

The snapshot in a blueprint that is used whenever a new environment is created from the blueprint, such as when you create a class (CloudShare Enterprise only) or an end user invitation (CloudShare Enterprise only).

Latest snapshot

The most recently taken snapshot of the environment.


Geographical locations hosting data centers that store blueprints, snapshots, and environments.


An image of an environment at the time of capture – including RAM/CPU/disk allocations, network configurations, installed software, documents, and settings. Snapshots serve as backup copies of your environment and as potential templates for demo environments.

Access and Links


A snapshot-specific permanent link that creates and opens a copy of an environment based on the snapshot and governed by a specified policy. A permalink can be sent to an unlimited number of project members and lets them all spin up their own copy of the environment.

Vanity URLs

Shorter, personalized, and easy-to-remember URLs when using CloudShare’s Web Access feature to access your web applications.

Web Access

On-demand internet access to a web application running on your machines via a permanent web address, allowing you to access your environment via HTTP/HTTPS at any time.If you have a web driven application with a web access feature, you can provide an external party with access to the application by sharing the Web Access URL. If the environment is in suspended state at the time it is accessed via Web Access, it is automatically resumed.

End Users, Invitations and Classes


A time period during which:

  • Specified end users (students) can spin up a copy of a specified environment.

  • An instructor can guide a learning experience by monitoring students’ environments and their activities in the environments, and can intervene when needed.

End User

Someone you invite to access a copy of your environment – forexample, a prospective customer or a student in a class. End users can access the Environment Viewer only. They cannot access the CloudShare platform.

Environment Viewer

A web-based user interface that provides end users with access to a running environment.


A link to a personal copy of an environment.



A set of purchased CloudShare resources within which projects can be created.


A defined set of:

  • Resources (RAM and disk space) from which environments can be created, and·

  • Users who can access those resources and perform actions permitted by their project role.

Every blueprint, environment, and environment policy belongs to a project.

Project Manager

A user role. Project managers are administrators for an entire project, able to see and monitor all users in the project, as well as add new project users. Project managers are also able to create environments and manage and publish blueprints and snapshots.

Project Member

A CloudShare user who belongs to a project. The user may have any of three user roles:·A CloudShare user who belongs to a project. The user may have any of three user roles:·

  • Project Manager

  • Team Manager

  • Team Member


A group of users that can invite end users and run environments.

Team Manager

A user role. A team manager is the head of a team and is able to add new team members and view others’ environments within the team. Team managers can create environments for their team. They are limited to the scope of the team they belong to.

Other Key Terms & Concepts

Cloud Folders

A cloud storage location that supports FTP upload and is accessible to CloudShare environments. Cloud Folders can be mounted on VMs and is used for uploading software, documentation, training material, code, content, configurations–any local files that you need to transfer to VMs in your CloudShare environment.


Automatic chains of events between CloudShare and hundreds of other applications and productivity tools. Learn more and see some cool examples of CloudShare’s Workflows in action. (Link above is to Workflows tab in UI.)

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