Posts Tagged ‘compare’

MetaVis Feature of the Day: Full Compare SharePoint Environments

May 28, 2014

While Live Compare feature provides a quick visual interactive status of the differences between two SharePoint environments, Full Compare is a color-coded report outlining differences in all levels of site collection hierarchy starting with root sites of the site collections, security groups membership, term stores and drilling down to missing documents or differences in field settings or metadata deep in folder structures of nested sub-sites.

Full Compare report could be a useful post-migration tool to verify the completeness of the recent migration effort. Full Compare report could be a useful pre-migration or per-synchronization tool too outlining the amount of work needed to bring two disparate environments together.

Please visit http://www.metavistech.com/category/migration-suite for more information about MetaVis Migration Suite.

 

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MetaVis Feature of the Day: Live Compare SharePoint Environments

May 27, 2014

MetaVis platform includes a powerful feature that can visually compare two SharePoint environments. The Live Compare feature displays differences in sites, sub-sites, lists, list properties (like versioning), content types and field properties, folders, items and documents, metadata, permissions, groups and group membership, term store hierarchies.

More than that, users can initiate copy operation right from Live Compare screen by right clicking on the difference reported to make the environments similar.

Please visit http://www.metavistech.com/category/migration-suite for more information about MetaVis Migration Suite.

MetaVis Platform Features Overview: Copy content types with dependencies

March 29, 2011

A content type is a reusable collection of metadata (fields) and other settings that could be applied to SharePoint items. A content type in SharePoint may have a parent content type, which in turn may have another parent and so on. A content type may also have fields some of which it can inherit from its parents and the other fields could be created right inside this content type. Content types could also be added to lists or libraries that allows them to be used to assign metadata values to items or documents.

This way, content types form pretty complex structure in SharePoint site collections. Look at the example below generated by MetaVis Architect

 

 

 

MetaVis Migrator for SharePoint can copy all content types including their complete parent hierarchy and fields when a user copies a list or library that used these content types. MetaVis Migrator also reproduces source content type hierarchy in the target environment when copying the whole site.

 

Recently we added the function that allows users to copy just one selected content type from one site to the other one in one operation including all tree of the parent content types and all fields in these content types.

 

Select source and target sites in MetaVis Navigation Tree, Start Compare, expand Content Type compare area, select the content type to copy and click Copy from Left to Right button (or Copy from Right to Left button depending of the circumstances)

 

 

Using this operation MetaVis Migrator will copy the selected content type and all its dependencies.

 

MetaVis Change Manager allows scheduling content type copy activities using simple copy / paste or drag-n-drop gesture on MetaVis Navigation Tree. Unlike MetaVis Migrator, Change Manager displays content types in the navigation tree and allows copying them between different sites.

 

 

A part of MetaVis Change Manager functionality is to execute activities for multiple source and target site pairs provided by Excel spreadsheet. This function allows to mass-distribute content types between multiple site collections as a part of an execution of a single activity.

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.

Compare SharePoint content (items and documents) and other objects between sites using MetaVis side-by-side compare feature

May 13, 2010

There were several updates made recently to MetaVis Live Side-by-Side Site Compare dialog worth to mention today. First, it becomes possible to compare actual content: items and documents in SharePoint lists. Here is how the difference report looks like. Copy from left to right button would start the copy operation.

There are several objects types added to the side-by-side compare report besides content. Among them are list views, site permissions, permission levels and security groups. Here is the example how security groups compare in this report. As usual, all differences could be synchronized between sites using Copy button.

MetaVis Live Side-by-Side Site Compare

April 13, 2010

Earlier this week MetaVis for SharePoint added an experimental live side-by-side site compare function. Live compare allows user to select two SharePoint sites and compares the sites objects side-by-side in a single scrollable expandable tree view. The Compare View allows drilling down to sites, sub-sites, lists, content types, fields and object properties to see the difference between sites in a simple intuitive interface.

Moreover, the Compare View allows to select a difference record and to synchronize sites by copying selected objects. The object copy utilizes powerful MetaVis Migrator engine that enables copying sites, site hierarchies and lists.

We envision the following use cases for Live Compare functionality

  • Compare and synchronize site collections
  • Synchronize development, QA and production environments
  • Check the completeness of data migration
  • Quickly find a modified object property like “Major Versioning” enabled for some lists

To utilize MetaVis Live Compare connect to SharePoint sites, select them in MetaVis Navigator View like displayed on the picture below, right click and choose Live Compare menu option.