Content Manager for SharePoint by AvePoint
DocAve Content Manager comprehensively moves, copies, and restructures Microsoft SharePoint 2013 and 2010 sites, content, and topology within or across SharePoint environments – whether on premises or hosted in Microsoft Office 365. Through a centralized, highly intuitive management console, featuring familiar ribbon-based controls and step-by-step guidance via wizards, administrators can seamlessly manage and restructure SharePoint content with minimal interruption to business processes.
Content Manager allows organizations to:
- Seamlessly move, copy, or restructure content within or across hybrid on-premises and Office 365 environments
- Restructure the content and topology of the SharePoint environment easily and accurately from a single, web-based browser
- Simplify content migration and restructuring tasks with point-and-click controls
- Maintain all content, configuration, security settings, and metadata during content management tasks
- Use a single, intuitive interface featuring familiar ribbon-based controls and wizards for step-by-step guidance to migrate, manage, and restructure SharePoint content within or across all farms, servers, and different locations with full fidelity
- Seamlessly migrate to Office 365 - SharePoint Online and manage hybrid SharePoint environments by copying or moving content across on-premise and cloud-based environments
- Copy content from one source to multiple destinations in order to quickly distribute changes across multiple sites or SharePoint environments
- Easily migrate content across development, staging, and production environments to reduce deployment time windows, improve IT productivity, and populate development environments with sample production content
- Simplify cross-domain migration, restructuring, and reorganization by graphically mapping domains, users, and permissions, ensuring all data and metadata is fully maintained
- Promote or demote sites on-the-fly and copy content – from list to list, library to library, or site to site – according to business requirements across multiple SharePoint of SharePoint Online environments or content databases
- Simplified promotion and demotion of sites or site collections for intuitive content restructuring with easy to use Attach and Merge features
- Maintain list and library integrity with full support for all list types – including document libraries, issues lists, discussion threads, and announcements – as well as content metadata and configurations
Average user rating from: 3 user(s)
Moves content, but can leave sites back ends destroyed
We were pitched this solution by the owners as a way for us to remove an old site template from the environment. We were ensured that once things were moved over it would work as it had previously.We did some testing in our development environment and lo' and behold, it seemed to work as expected. There were a few quirks we noticed right away, such as all documents having the name of the software's service account listed as the "modified by." However, functionality on the site seemed fine.
We made our moves to production and were pleasantly surprised at how easily the moves went. However, within a few days we realized there were some issues. None of them seemed major enough at the time to roll back, so we stuck with it. We wish now that we had rolled back.
Over the course of the next several months we had to recreate every single SharePoint Designer built workflow and every single InfoPath form as they either were broken immediately or they broke shortly after the move. This was quite frustrating, but we were able to work through it. We noticed several complaints of documents missing. We were able to recover from backups, but they were never transferred over and the logs did not corroborate an issue that caused this oversight.
Finally, we came to realize that this process had somehow completely destroyed Access Requests. We are now unable to process Access Requests, because the Access Request page takes you to a blank screen. This occurs on every Access Request page across the environment.
We initially did a demo with Ave Point, got our pricing figured out and decided to move forward without support. We were ensured that they would support any issues if their software was at fault due to a bug, etc. though we would have to pay for support of the product for lack of knowledge on their end. At this point, several emails to Ave Point have gone unanswered asking for assistance on the product. We would likely be willing to be pay for their services provided they could resolve the issue, but at this point it is painfully obvious they have no intentions to do anything but take our money and run. It is a very frustrating situation and I could not possible recommend this product to anyone looking for a product with a company that stands behind their software. Ave Point clearly does not.
Breaks association with Access Request Lists
Breaks InfoPath created forms
Some content does not move over as expected
copy and move functions fail
Migrated all our wss 2 sites to wss 3, mostly successful using the DocAve tools.
However, the search functions broke on existing wss3 sites. When I made a copy of a current sites, all workflows were broken,
how hard is it to copy a site?????
Tech support blamed it on SharePoint Designer. I admit the consultant who created the site put some lists outside of the list folder, and this part was immedietly broken by CM that put the lists back in the lists folder. But the workflows were all corrupted and had to be reset with designer.
This module can destroy your entire farm
Our team was working on a large scale site reorganization to put more than 150 site collections into 9.
During our testing, there were many bugs and we have to talk to AvePoint to fix them with hotfix packages.
Four days before our first phase, by lucky, we found out all site collections touched by this module can not create any sub sites with templates using publushing features, like Site Directory.
When we want to turn on publishing feature, an error message with error value showed and Publishing Provision error is registered in the event view.
We talked to AvePoint and they can reproduce this error and it already happened sometime ago with one of their hotfix. When we asked them about their QA process with hotfix, they admitted that they only tested the hotfix against reported bugs, not comprehensively.
We have been using DocAve since last version for WSS 2 for three years and our confidence with the entire product dropped to zero due to their QA process and we have to do the QA for them for some very basic problems.
On the other hand, we have no idea whether the backup/restore module has the same issue or any others that they did not find out. So we decided not to use DocAve to do our site reorganization and later to drop them from our 4 server farms.
We will look for a product for our backup and restore needs, but we will not consider DocAve no matter how good other user say. We simply have done a lot for them and we can not continue this cycle and not knowing there may be a bomb sitting inside our farm.