SPDocKit 5.1 – Content types and workflows get their place in the sun!

We have shipped the SPDocKit 5.1.0. This is a minor release which includes content types and workflows documentation, as well as some new features for SharePoint solutions backup and assembly deployment validation.

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Product version: 5.1.0
Build number: 19104
Release date: Mar 19, 2015

What’s new?

  • SPDocKit’s Site Explorer will never be the same again! You will now require a database to collect and explore Site Explorer reports, but we think that it is a fair trade when you consider the new reports we’ve added: Workflow Templates, Workflow Associations, Content Type Usage and Content Type Hierarchy.
  • Use the Workflow Templates report to check which workflow templates are used on a specific site. You can check the workflow type, deployment scope as well as associations and instance count.
  • Workflow Associations provides an overview of your SharePoint’s workflow associations. You can explore the workflow platform, the workflow target object, whether this workflow is configured to be started manually or automatically as well as easily access the workflow history and tasks list.
  • The freshly implemented Content Type Usage report was created to help you detect which content types and on which lists are used within the selected SharePoint site.
  • There is also a Content Type Usage report under the Content Usage section of the Reports tab, which shows all lists that contain the selected content type within the specified site collection. This report has a wider scope and you can use it to detect where a specific content type is actually used.
  • Content Type Hierarchy is an awesome interactive graphical representation of the Content Types hierarchy across the selected site collection and from this SPDocKit version it is available as a part of the Site Explorer.
  • Tracking down installed or deployed SharePoint solutions can sometimes turn into a mission impossible, but not anymore. Use the Extract WSP button or Backup and Analyze Solution Files load option during a load to save your WSP files. Navigate to the Farm Explorer Solutions report to try out this feature.
  • The Validate Assembly Deployment tool lets you determine if all the deployed DLLs from a SharePoint solution file are the same across all deployed locations (GAC, IIS web application bin folders). You will no longer have rogue DLL versions roaming around your farm. Combine this wizard with a Solution Assembly Deployment Valid best practices report to tie up all the loose ends.
  • To get the best possible performance from your SQL servers, use the Model DB and Temp DB best practices reports we are introducing in this version.
    Each new database will have its settings inherited from the Model DB upon creation. These settings should be changed from their default values so they are suitable for your environment. SPDocKit Model DB best practices will warn you if your autogrowth, initial size and recovery model settings are not in compliance with the Microsoft recommendations.
  • Find out if the Temp DB is slowing down your SharePoint using five new best practices reports that check the read and write response times, Temp DB size, model and other configuration options.
  • There are also two new best practices reports – SharePoint Upgrade Required and Windows Updates – under the reorganized Updates best practices folder.
  • Track when SPDocKit service is active and what actions it is currently performing using the System Jobs Log. This feature is under the backstage Help section as an additional SPDocKit tool.

Improvements

  • There are new Load Wizard design and configuration options – select the load depth, the SharePoint settings you wish to load and the load target. The load target option allows you to select the items to be loaded down to the subsite level, so you can decrease loading times.
  • We have implemented an option to let you choose which farm settings should be compared in the Compare Farm Wizard. You can adjust them in the Options Wizard as a default option or each time you run the Compare Farm Wizard.
  • Farm Load optimizations.
  • The Database Files best practices report now checks both if files are on the system drive and if the logs are on the same drive as those files.

Bugs Fixed

  • Web Application Name Check best practices report not checking all required URLs.
  • Crawl Account Search Permissions issues.
  • Disk Allocation Size and Database Files exceptions.
  • Issues while loading list permissions.
  • Access Services information load not working properly for SP2013.
  • Acceleratio Collector service generating errors in the event log.
  • Distributed Cache wrong dashboard error count.
  • App Services not running and causing errors during the farm load.
  • Language Packs Up to Date best practices report not detecting all application language packs.
  • Live Permission Explorer slow performance issue due to a large number of folders.

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