Quick Look: Free SharePoint Management Tools

Written by Michael Nemtsev. Posted in Administration & Infrastructure

SharePoint Product Review & Comparison

In this article we'll review existing tools for SharePoint management. The idea to create this overview appeared after I read that Bamboo solution shipped their own SharePoint Analyzer. My first thought was:“Why do we need another tool, if we already have SharePointSpy and SharePoint Manager?!” So, let’s compare the three free tools and see how the functionality differs.

 

 

 SharePoint Analyzer from Bamboo Solutions provides rich, good, structured overview of your SharePoint farm from 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 is also useful info for developers.

 SharePointSpy by Echo Technology is an absolutely different tool – it stays away from infrastructure, providing your deep info about sites, features, site definitions and etc., allowing you to export different schemas xml. It's a really powerful tool for developers, who need deep dive inside their SharePoint stuff.

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

Features Comparison

SHAREPOINT REVIEWSCHEAT SHEET: SharePoint Management Tools

SharePoint Analyzer (Bamboo Solutions)

SharePoint Manager (CodePlex)

SharePointSpy (Echo Technology)

RATING:
Rating:
4 out of 5
Rating:
3 out of 5
Rating:
2 out of 5
DETAILS:
Farm setting yes yes -
Farm servers yes yes -
Logs for each sever in farm (IIS/SharePoint) yes no -
Web App overview yes yes yes
Web App on server yes yes -
Central admin options - yes -
Content DB site location yes - -
AAM yes - -
IIS settings yes - -
Service instances yes - -
Definitions export (list, content type) - yes yes
Web Parts Gallery yes - -
Account Security overview yes yes yes
SharePoint DB overview yes - -
Best Practices Analyzer yes - -

 

Analyzing those tools I found that SharePoint Analyzer and SharePoint Manager provide you the richest functionality to manage your SharePoint environment. It's hard to name a better tool, because those tools have different target audience and must be used together.

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 administrator and developer functionality.

SharePoint Analyzer

 bamboo-analyzer

SharePoint Manager

sharepoint-manager

SharePointSpy

 echo-sharepoint-spy 

 

Michael Nemtsev
Author: Michael NemtsevWebsite: http://msmvps.com/blogs/laflour/default.aspx
Michael is a Microsoft MVP and an expert in SharePoint and .NET technologies. With strong software engineering and development background, Michael has been leading development projects for industry giants like Microsoft, IBM and Dell.

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