Archive for December, 2010

One Year in MetaVis Development

December 15, 2010

End of December is a traditional time to reflect about achievements of the passing year and lay some plans for the year upcoming. I tried to extract the essence of MetaVis development from the jungle of our release notes for the executive planning. I was surprised as many of the functions that seemingly were there forever got their start during 2010.

In brief, we did the following

· Rounded up MetaVis Migrator offering by adding the ability to copy sites, site collections and promote sites to site collections as well as adding support for many individual SharePoint objects. Among new objects we added support to browse and copy site and list permissions, security groups, permission levels, users, list views, WEB Parts (with views), publishing page layout settings, welcome page settings, site navigation settings, site themes settings, SPD Workflows, InfoPath forms, Survey lists and Discussion Boards, list and site templates, master pages. Added automatic URL correction when copying hyperlink fields, links, WEB Parts and WEB Part or publishing pages

· Launched Cloud Classifier – server side solution integrated with SharePoint 2010 ribbon GUI distributed across all site users that allows to mass tag list items and documents

· Started Change Control and Release Manager product – a comprehensive solution with delayed execution of activities, scheduler, mass source and target substitutions and audit trail history to manage changes across multiple SharePoint environments

· Implemented live side-by-side compare feature for sites, site collections and lists that displays live difference report for all objects supported by MetaVis product line starting with sites down to individual items or documents

· Added support for SharePoint 2010 including many SharePoint 2010 specific features like copy and map managed metadata fields, copy and merge term sets, copy document sets

· Integrated MetaVis products with Exchange Public Folders, Windows File Classification Infrastructure (FCI), Windows Explorer (for bulk import) and new Microsoft Online SharePoint 2010 from Office 365

· Extended Bulk import from file system offering by allowing to map file system folders to SharePoint fields, adding optional folder removal feature and enabling automatic correction of illegal characters

· Improved visual appeal, general organization, ergonomics and usability of the product by adding MS Office style ribbon toolbar, interactive graphical wizards and background processing for all operations

· Added reports for site collection inventory, site users and site templates

· Implemented filter-based items, lists and sites copy that allows to perform delta- and incremental migrations

· Implemented mass delete and mass rename functions

· Added command line processing for all copy functions with options

· Extended mapping functionality to tackle differences in SharePoint environments by allowing to map the fields of different types like lookup field to managed metadata field, map users, site and list templates when copying SharePoint objects

It was fun, productive and agile year in MetaVis development group full of discoveries and successes. We are looking forward to the challenges of the New 2011 Year with optimism and high expectations.

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Microsoft Office 365 SharePoint with MetaVis Architect, Migrator and Change Control and Release Manager

December 2, 2010

Recently we updated MetaVis Product Line (Architect, Migrator and Change Control and Release Manager) to be compatible with new Microsoft Office 365 hosted SharePoint environment. The result is a smooth integration with Office 365 SharePoint much in the style with the regular MetaVis functionality.

Connect to site dialog box requires URL to the hosted SharePoint site like it is displayed on the picture below.

Connection is performed using Claims Based Authentication. The picture below demonstrates login with account hosted in Microsoft Online user directory.

MetaVis Architect visualizes objects and their relationships. As usual, the diagram is editable and changes could be updated right into Office 365 SharePoint site.

We copied documents, some links, complete lists and sites from our local SharePoint sites to Office 365 site collection using MetaVis Migrator

We tried to compare Office 365 SharePoint site with our local on-premises site using MetaVis Live Compare dialog available in MetaVis Change Control and Release Manager

Connectivity to Office 365 SharePoint from MetaVis products is currently available as an optional module. Let us know if you are interested to check it out by writing us to sales@metavistech.com or submitting a request using Contact Us form so we can enable this functionality in your trial or permanent MetaVis License.