Even though it’s only been three months since our last release, we’ve already come up with another SPDocKit release. SPDocKit 6.1 is knocking on your door.
SPDocKit 6.1 brings a couple of new features that you, our dear customers, requested through surveys or the support channel. We hope you like using them as much as we enjoyed developing them.
Let’s take a tour of the newest additions in this version. For more information about other improvements, please check our official release note.
Role Based Security
This feature is the biggest change in the SPDocKit architecture and the reason for the name of this blog post. We have been asked many times if more-granular access can be granted to SPDocKit users, so we finally took the leap towards developing role-based security.
This feature allows you to grant users limited access based on SPDocKit elements or their SharePoint permissions. For example, you can grant your analysts access to the Farm Explorer and Best Practices reports only so they can keep track of the farm health, or you can give site collection administrators the ability to manage their site collection permissions only.
SharePoint farm administrators no longer have to be the only ones who can use SPDocKit. Divide the responsibility across the entire company and be sure that SPDocKit endless capabilities are used to the limit. Install SPDocKit on workstations, add SPDocKit users to a desired security level role and let them help you keep your SharePoint farm in the optimal state.
Track Permissions Changes
Another question we’ve been asked many times is “Can SPDocKit help me track permission changes on my SharePoint sites?” So far, the answer wasn’t entirely satisfactory. Yes, some of the permission reports and compare options can give you the desired information, but not in a perfect way.
Our new type of comparison, Permissions Differences, gives you a perfect way to keep track of permission changes across an entire site collection. This report gives you complete insight into which principal has been added, what type of permission has been granted or removed, which sites had permission inheritances broken or restored, and even if a user’s state in the AD has changed.
SharePoint 2016 MinRoles Support
SharePoint 2016 was officially released, and while SPDocKit 6.0 already had it covered, in SPDocKit 6.1 we added MinRole support. SPDocKit reports now use a new server classification based on the assigned MinRole.
We also added a MinRole Compliance best practices report to help you detect any role compliance issues in your farm servers. The report will provide a list of services causing these issues.
In the last couple of months, we received many inquiries about filtering permissions reports by the principals’ email or domain. The new principals filter, which we like to call the Megafilter, can search by display name, username (domain), or email.
Use the little orange arrow in the upper-right corner to expand the default filter view and combine all three search types to get the desired information.
Rencore GmbH and Acceleratio Ltd. decided to team up and deliver an SPDocKit extension that allows you to analyze your farm solutions within SPDocKit using SPCAF reports.
SPCAF is a great tool that will help you detect harmful customizations and analyze customizations’ code quality, dependencies, complexity, and more. Visit SPCAF to learn more about the available reports.
For more information about other improvements, please check our official release note.
Give it a try and send us your suggestions!