Posts Tagged ‘change’

MetaVis Platform Features Overview: Browse out-of-the-lists database objects and copy them between sites

March 3, 2011

SharePoint users create content in lists and libraries. However, developers and administrators may create content using SharePoint Designer application. This content may not accessible through lists and libraries but it still could be used for branding, navigation and user interaction purposes.

Developers usually create such SharePoint Designer objects like HTML Pages, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS files), WEB Part pages, images to display on the pages and folders to keep other objects. WEB Part pages created in this way could be also customized by power users using regular Edit functionality available on SharePoint GUI even without SharePoint Designer. Power users and administrators can manage WEB Parts and some text on these pages.

Large portion of SharePoint itself is implemented using such SharePoint Designer objects. For example, familiar default.aspx home page of SharePoint 2007 team sites is implemented using this technique. Another example is list views, new and update items pages like AllItems.asmx that could be customized by adding WEB Parts and some branding elements.

Right click on site or a list node in MetaVis Migrator Navigation tree, select Objects menu item and select Show SharePoint Designer Objects submenu to reveal SharePoint Designer objects for the selected site or list.

SharePoint Designer Objects viewer looks and works much like any other content viewer in MetaVis Applications. A user can drag and drop or copy and paste objects from this view to sites and lists in the other sites or site collections or even to regular document libraries. There is also an option to view and to copy WEB Parts located on WEB Part pages.

While MetaVis Migrator allows immediate copy of SharePoint Designer objects, MetaVis Change Manager creates activities that could be executed at the later time. As usual, MetaVis Change Manager activities could be executed at once for multiple targets. It could simplify such operations like mass distributing WEB Parts from list view page to hundreds of the sites in multiple SharePoint farms.

Management of SharePoint Designer objects in MetaVis Platform makes it possible to mass distribute branding, navigation and other SharePoint customizations from development to staging to production environments.

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MetaVis Change Control and Release Manager

November 22, 2010

Product Overview

MetaVis Change Control and Release Manager for SharePoint (CCRM) is an off the shelf software tool that compares and promotes changes between two of more SharePoint environments.

Change Control and Release Manager provides a controllable and repeatable way to automate the following processes:

  • Propagate changes made in development environment to test one and then to production one
  • Bring back data collected in production environment to the test and to development ones
  • Distribute solutions from software vendor to multiple clients
  • Push updates to multiple SharePoint environments in the organization
  • Govern multiple SharePoint environments with centrally defined policies

Change Control and Release Manager employs several foundation tools to support business cases described above:

  • Live side-by-site compare tool that provides both high level and fine grained difference reports between SharePoint environments with the ability to drill down into the difference hierarchies and initiate object synchronization activities
  • A number graphical and background tools for objects copy activities that allow object copy on site collection, site, list and individual item levels
  • Activity management tool that allows defining , managing, grouping, execution and scheduling of the object compare, copy and synchronization activities defined by other tools

Change Control and Release Manager supports change management for the following SharePoint objects:

  • Sites, lists, libraries, fields, content types, content type and column groups
  • Folders, documents, document sets, pages, publishing pages, WIKIs and items
  • WEB Parts, list views and site welcome pages
  • Workflows
  • Term stores, term sets, terms and managed metadata columns
  • Users, groups, permission levels, permissions and permission inheritance

Concept and Terminology

Change Control and Release Manager implementation is based on a concept of activity. An activity is a unit of elementary operation like copy site, list or filtered group of items. Copy activity specifies source, destination and copy parameters.

Multiple activities may be grouped together and executed as a whole. For example, an activity may include a several list copy activities. Another example is an activity that copies site from development to QA and then copies QA site to the production environment. Yet another example is distribution of a single list to multiple different sites.

Change Control and Release Manager allows scheduling, managing, executing activity or groups of activities and viewing history of activity execution including the users who created, modified or executed the activity.

Activity history view allows browsing the activity execution log and other artifacts (like reports) of previous activity executions.

The activities themselves are based on the familiar MetaVis copy operations like copy site, list or items wizards.

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Scheduling of activities may also utilize the full power of MetaVis Live Compare dialog.

Scheduling of activities could also be done using copy/paste or drag-and-drop operations in MetaVis Navigator View that reflects natural SharePoint object hierarchy.

The mission of Change Control and Release Manager is to provide an easy way to perform, monitor and audit large sets of repeatable operations that copy or synchronize multiple SharePoint environments.