Search has become the primary means in the Enterprise for surfacing and locating information, as a result, it has become a mission critical component of SharePoint deployments. The rise in adoption of SharePoint 2010 in organizations has led to more customers seeking to leverage the benefits of the new search architectures, whether Enterprise Search in SharePoint 2010 or FAST Search Server 2010, as part of their topologies. In either scenario…read more on the SharePoint Team Blog.
One of the most challenging aspects of maintaining a SharePoint deployment is understanding why certain events have transpired in the environment, often IT Professionals and Developers only have access to when an event occurred and are tasked with parsing Performance Counters, Event and Diagnostic logs, or executing Transact-SQL statements against the Usage database to put the what and why to the when. These tasks are typically accomplished through an array of tools such as Excel, Log Parser, SQL Server Management Studio…read more on the SharePoint Team Blog.
We’ve recently released the first administration toolkit for SharePoint Foundation and SharePoint Server 2010. The toolkit includes a new User Profile Replication Engine, a new Security Configuration Manifest, a new Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) Connector, and the Load Testing Kit (LTK).
User Profile Replication Engine
The User Profile Replication Engine was first introduced as a standalone application in later adminisration toolkits for Office SharePoint Server 2007 to replicate profiles between Shared Services Providers (SSP). The User Profile Replication Engine for SharePoint Server 2010 was built on Windows PowerShell and now enables the replication of Profile and Social data between the User Profile Service Application in SharePoint Server 2010, in addition to backwards compatibility with Office SharePoint Server 2007 SSPs. These improvements enable replication between SSP’s or User Profile Service Application services, as well as across versions. Note Replication is limited to Profile data, SSP’s in Office SharePoint Server 2007 contains no Social activity tracking.
Security Configuration Manifest
The Security Configuration Manifest is an attack surface reduction feature in Windows Server products. The manifest inlcuded in the administration toolkit adds roles for SharePoint 2010 to Windows Server 2008 with SP2 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
Content Management Interoperability Services Connector
The Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) Connector enables consumers of SharePoint to interact with content stored in any repository that has implemented the CMIS standard and in additional enables SharePoint 2010 content to be available to any application that has implemented the CMIS standard.
Load Testing Kit
The Load Testing Kit (LTK) generates a Visual Studio Team System 2008 (VSTS) load test based on Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Internet Information Services logs. Load test can be used to generate synthetic load against SharePoint 2010 as part of a capacity planning exercise or a pre-upgrade stress test.
The Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administration Toolkit v1.0 can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=718447d8-0814-427a-81c3-c9c3d84c456e&displaylang=en.
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administration Toolkit v1.0 documentation for SharePoint Foundation 2010 can be downloaded from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc508986.aspx and for SharePoint Server 2010 from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc508851.aspx.
The 4th release of the Microsoft SharePoint Administration Toolkit is now available for download and includes improvements in the SharePoint Diagnostics Tool (SPDiag), a new Permissions Reporting Tool, a new bulk Quota processing tool, in addition to the Security Configuration Wizard Manifests. The Microsoft SharePoint Administration Toolkit is an excellent suite of utilites aimed at the system administrator to assist in both isolating issues, understanding the overall environment they support, and making common administrative tasks more efficient and reliable.
To learn more about improvements about this release see http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2009/08/27/announcing-the-fourth-release-of-the-microsoft-sharepoint-administration-toolkit.aspx.
To download the Microsoft SharePoint Administration Toolkit for x64 environments see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=142035.
To download the Microsoft SharePoint Administration Toolkit for x86 environments see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=141504.
I completely missed this one; the SharePoint Diagnostics Tool was recently released (included in the Microsoft SharePoint Administration Toolkit v3.0). The SharePoint Diagnostics Tool enables an administrator to simplify troubleshooting by gathering pertinent information about a farm and displaying it in a meaningful way providing a programmatic approach to locating and isolating issues in your environment. Find it and other great tools and utilities under Tools.