Posts Tagged ‘collection’

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

March 7, 2011

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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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.

Copy SharePoint Site to New Site Collection using MetaVis for SharePoint

May 13, 2010

Earlier this week MetaVis for SharePoint added an experimental feature that allows to create new site collections based on any existing site. There are several business cases covered by this basic functionality

  • Copy site collection to the other location in the same server farm or to some other server farm
  • Promote existing sub-site to the site collection level (which could be located in the same server farm or in the different one)
  • Create new site collection with the exactly same structure (and, optionally, data) as some other site or site collection

This feature does not require any additional installations (agents) on the SharePoint server side and could be bundled with the regular MetaVis for SharePoint installation. However, it would not work with hosted or BPOS environments because Central Administration there is replaced with custom administration dashboards that impose strict control over site collections creation.

In order to create new site collections, in addition to the regular credentials and site URLs the user should know the URL to the server farm central administration site and server farm administrator credentials.

There are two ways to activate “Copy to New Site Collection” feature:

  • Use site copy wizard by selecting Tools / Site Copy menu item. Select source site first and then Select third option “Create New Site Collection” on the “Select which type of site copy should be run” screen

  • The other way to start using Copy to a New Site Collection feature is to right click on any site in the MetaVis Navigation Tree and select “Copy to a new site collection” item from the popup menu.

After the source site is identified the screen Copy to a New Site Collection will appear. The screen will allow to select regular site copy options. It will also prompt to define URL to server farm Central Administration Site and new Site Collection URL in order to connect to the central administration and instruct it to create new site collection.