Hi and welcome to CloudShare, the easiest way to bring business applications into the cloud!
If you are reading this guide, chances are you received an email inviting you to join a training class on CloudShare in which you access your own private virtual lab in the cloud. The email provides the information you need to access your private virtual lab, known on CloudShare as your environment, and to participate in your class.
Please test your system at least 4 hours prior to your first class, or if you are using the system from a new location! Run our Connectivity Test, including the speed and packet loss tests. If you connect from behind a proxy, VPN or other filtering device, you should disable these during your class. This will ensure you have the best experience.
On the scheduled date and time, click the class URL listed in the email.
From the browser, log into the class using your email address and passphrase.
You'll be directed to your private environment which begins preparing in the environment viewer.
Try CloudShare's latest Viewer experience and enjoy smart new layouts, easier menu access, class-wide chats and more. Ask your Instructor or CloudShare support representative for more information.
The environment viewer features the following items:
Workspace. The workspace is where most of the action is. It’s where you view the content you are working on – whether it’s an overview of the environment, a list of all VMs in the environment, or the VM you’re accessing.
Breadcrumbs. Just take a look at the breadcrumb trail at any time to know exactly where you are in the environment.
Navigation Tabs. The navigation tabs along the top of the workspace give you a quick overview of all the VMs in the environment–with each VM represented by its own tab–and of other resources available in the environment. While a VM is being prepared, simply roll over its tab to see the progress. Move between VMs by clicking the tab of the VM you wish to work with.
Tabs are highlighted as follows:
The tab you are currently viewing is highlighted in blue.
If any VM fails to load, that VM’s entire tab is highlighted in red, making it easy to recognize.
If a VM experiences errors, a red badge indicating the number of errors appears on the tab.
Actions Panel. The actions panel is where you perform all available actions on the environment and VM in which you are working – all in one centralized location. Also, you will receive notifications here about any errors in the environment (in addition to the highlighted navigation tabs).
In addition to VM tabs, the following additional types of tabs may be available:
Overview tab – providing an overview of the entire environment, class or course.
VM list tab – providing a list of all VMs in the environment, along with their details and options to perform a number of VM-specific actions.
Resources tab - providing materials you may need for your course.
External URL tab - opening another website either within the tab or in another browser tab, which you might need to refer to when using the environment.
The Actions Panel is where you perform all available actions on the environment and VM in which you are working.
Click the icon at the right of any section to expand its controls. Rolling over a button with the mouse provides a description of its function.
If you experience any difficulty connecting to VMs or your connection seems to be running slowly, you can test your connectivity from inside the viewer.