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 a private virtual lab hosted on CloudShare, to demo a product or conduct a PoC. The email provides the information you need to access your private virtual lab, known on CloudShare as your environment, and to try out the demo or conduct that PoC.
To connect to your environment, click the link in the invitation email you received from CloudShare and use the credentials provided to log into CloudShare.
You are directed to your private environment which begins preparing in the environment viewer. Your environment is available during the time frame specified in the email and once you access it, you'll be able to run it for a total runtime also specified in the email.
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.
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 when using the environment.
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.
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.