MetaVis Platform Features Overview: Discover WEB Applications and Site Collections in a Server Farm

One of the new function we recently added to MetaVis platform is the ability to list all site collections in a given server farm. The user is expected to provide URL to the farm’s Central Administration console and supply server farm administrator credentials. There are several business cases we want to apply this function in the future. We started with the simple ability to select the site collection to connect to on SharePoint Connection Wizard.


Discover Site Collections button on the SharePoint Connection Wizard leads to the screens that list all site collection in the server farm.



On a first screen of Discover wizard the user is prompted to connect to server far central administration console and pick a WEB Application.



On the last screen of the Discover Site Collection Wizard the user can browse, filter and select site collection to use to connect to the new site.



Current use of Discover Site Collection wizard is to select a site collection to connect to. Our plan is to reuse this functionality to implement functions that perform mass-operations with existing site collections. For example, next function we plan to roll out based on the Discover functionality will let users to copy multiple selected site collections to the other server farm. The other variation of the save function will be the ability to copy My Sites between SharePoint farms.

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