SharePoint Managers Tools overview

In this post I’d like to review existed tools for the SharePoint management. The idea to create this overview appeared after I read that Bamboo solution shipped their own SharePoint analyzer. The first I thought was – “Why do we need another tool, if we already have SharePointSpy and SharePointManager?!

So, let’s start comparing of three tools, which exist on market

1,,) SharePoint Analyzer from Bamboo Solutions

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2) SharePoint Manager from CodePlex

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3) SharePointSpy from EchoTechnology

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and how those tools functionality differs.

 

Items SharePoint Analyzer SharePoint Manager SharePointSpy
Farm setting yes yes no
Farm servers yes yes no
Logs for each sever in farm (IIS/SharePoint) yes no no
Web App overview yes yes yes
Web App on server yes yes no
Central admin options no yes no
Content DB site location yes no no
AAM yes no no
IIS settings yes no no
Service instances yes no no
Definitions export (list, content type) no yes yes
Web Parts Gallery yes no no
Account Security overview yes yes yes
SharePoint DB overview yes no no
Best Practices Analyzer yes no no
       
Rating StarStarStarStar (4 from 5) StarStarStar (3 from 5) StarStar (2 from 5)

 

Results: analyzing those tools I found that SharePoint Analyzer and SharePoint Manager provide you the richest functionality to manage your SharePoint environment. I can’t name the best tool, because those tools have different target audience and must be used together.

SharePoint Analyzer from Bamboo solutions provides rich and good, structured overview of your SharePoint farm for administrator/infrastructure perspective – detailed info about servers, web applications, logs, and etc. Good usability, grouping and detailed information across all your farm servers, but there are few useful info for developers.

SharePointSpy is absolutely different tool – it stays away from infrastructure, providing your deep info about sites, features, site definitions and etc., allowing your to export different schemas xml. Really powerful tool for developers, who need deep dive inside SharePoint stuff.

SharePoint Manager locates between administrator vs developer poles. It provides you almost the same functionality as SharePointSpy, but has a lot of information for infrastructure guys/administrators as well.

My choice: combination of SharePoint Analyzer for maintenance and SharePoint Manager for development. But, if those three tools were shareware, then I’d chose SharePoint manager for its balance between admin and developer functionality.

 

Mirror: SharePoint Managers Tools overview

6 Comments »

  1. Carsten Keutmann Said,

    June 25, 2009@ 4:15 pm      Reply

    I find SharePoint Analyzer slow to operate, where SharePoint Manager 2007 is fast. And I”m not saying this just because I made SharePoint Manager 2007. Just try it out yourself.

  2. laflour Said,

    June 25, 2009@ 9:37 pm      Reply

    Do you know the specific scenarios when it fast or slow or it”s generally slow?

  3. Manfred Said,

    August 28, 2009@ 6:29 am      Reply

    Do you have any experience with ControlPoint from Axceler?

  4. laflour Said,

    August 28, 2009@ 10:30 am      Reply

    nope, will look at

  5. Joe Mitchell Said,

    July 21, 2010@ 4:34 pm      Reply

    How does this Sharepoint compare to Onbase?

  6. Michael Said,

    July 22, 2010@ 9:45 am      Reply

    Sorry, I don”t have info about Onbase


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