For our test environment, we were able to utilize a VM with Windows Server and Active Directory configured for use of a Primary Domain Controller. In addition, our Windows XP Pro client desktop system had MS Office 2010 pre-installed.
Simplified Cloud Provisioning
More importantly for prototype development, CloudShare provides a robust drag-and-drop environment that supports file sharing between the PCs or workstations used by IT professionals and the VMs that they are accessing. In particular, access to a VM using the Windows RDP client is simplified through the CloudShare environments display, which identifies all VMs in the prototype and their configurations.
Both the internal and external addresses are provided for each VM. Using the external address, a connection can be made using the RDP client on a Windows system or a connection can be made directly using a Web browser. This latter method can also be set for RDP and file sharing. In addition, a VPN can be configured to enhance connectivity between on-site systems and the cloud environment.
Using both access methods, we configured IIS 2008, Exchange 2010 and up.time 5 on three Windows servers. For our SLA proof-of-concept demonstration, we utilized our VM running up.time 5 to create monitoring services for each virtual server in our prototype. We also defined availability and performance Service Level Objectives for our SLA. These objectives were dependent on both our AD controller and the VM running Exchange 2010.