Introducing Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer

Update: Bamboo SP Analyzer now available (08/04/2012).

Introducing Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer

SharePoint Analyzer is the latest beta product available as a free download from Bamboo Labs, our Research and Development incubator.  We developed this tool for two reasons: to provide our customers with the means to easily assess their own SharePoint environment, and to provide our support team with a powerful new diagnostic tool when assisting customers.  SharePoint Analyzer provides the IT Admin a tool which will quickly discover the configuration of a SharePoint installation.  Specifically, you can display the following information about your SharePoint farm:

  • The information for the entire farm topology, from Web Applications down to individual lists.
  • Server information, including patches and updates.
  • Information on databases that are being used as part of your SharePoint deployment.
  • Solutions and Features that have been deployed, displayed per Web App, Site Collection or Site scope.
  • Services and their status.
  • Content of the log files in your SharePoint farm (v1.1)
  • Integrate and display reports from MS Best Practice Analyzer (v1.1)
  • Display farm access accounts information (v1.1)
  • Information about Bamboo products that are used in your farm, and compare with latest version available on the Bamboo web site (v1.1).
  • Browse your SharePoint site using the Browser Tab (v1.2).
  • Display the XML Schema of SP Lists (v1.2).
  • Display the content of SP Lists (v1.2).
  • Explore the Central Admin Site (v1.2)
  • Display the Single-Sign-On (SSO) settings (v1.3)
  • Display farm quotas (v1.3)
  • Display Jobs Definitions and Running Jobs (v1.3)
  • Display Workflow information for each Web Application (v1.3)
  • Display event receiversm property bags and wf templates for each web (v1.3)
  • View List/field and features definitions XML schema (v1.3)
  • Display List data and Browse to site (v1.3)

SharePoint Site Definitions

Once you have installed SharePoint Analyzer, click on the icon on the desktop or Program menu to run the application.  You will see the desktop application as shown below:

Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer

The tree control in the left pane allows you to navigate through your SharePoint farm.  You will be able to do the following:

View SharePoint Topology Information

You can expand and browse through the entire farm to see detailed information on your Web applications, site collections, sites, and even down to the lists level.

Bamboo Analyzer Farm Topology

Information that is pertinent to the well being of your SharePoint deployment such as services, solutions, and features are available at a glance.

Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer Browser

You can use the Browse tab to view SharePoint Web Pages in addition to the ability to view its properties (V1.2). 

Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer View List Schema

Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer View List Data

You can also view the schema and content of any SharePoint List (V1.2).  Note that the ability to view Web Pages and Contents are security trimmed based on your access account.  The system might prompt for you to log in to browse to those sites.

SharePoint Central Admin (V1.2)

You can view the major contents for the Central Admin Site.

Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer Central Admin

View System Information

You can view the server system information (including all patches and updates), and SharePoint-specific information such as release, service packs, and optional install options.

View Database Information

SharePoint Analyzer will also display all configuration, content and administration databases in your farm.

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Display MS Best Practice Analyzer (v1.1)

Bamboo Analyzer 1.1 provides an integration with the Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and the 2007 Microsoft Office System application.  When you install Bamboo Analyzer, a copy of the Best Practice will be installed in the directory named BPA, under the Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer installation location.  Out of the box, you should be able to view the results of the analyzer by clicking on the “Run the Analyzer” button.  Additional rules and reports can be customized and selected using the user interface.

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To run the MS BPA, click on the "Run the Analyzer" button and view the report.

Display Access Accounts Information (v1.1)

Bamboo Analyzer also discovers and display the most important access accounts in your SharePoint farm. The following access accounts are reported under the Farm>Account Security nodes:

  • Farm Administrators.
  • All identities used in the farm’s Application Pools
  • All accounts use in Shared Services
  • Account used in WSS Search and MOSS Search, also include some useful information about Shared Services if you running on MOSS.

Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer Access Accounts

Display Log Files (v1.1)

Bamboo Analyzer will be able to discover and display all the log files that are used within your SharePoint farm.  The following log files are shown:

  • Windows Log (of the web front end server where Analyzer are running)
  • SharePoint Log Files
  • IIS Logs
  • Database Logs

Note that the log files are displayed with raw information and only for the web front end server where you installed Bamboo Analyzer.  For a better SharePoint log viewing experience, please see the Bamboo Log Manager product from our storefront.

Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer System Log Files

View Bamboo Products

You can view the installed Bamboo Web Parts and Solutions in your farm, and you may also view licensing information (this feature will be coming soon), the location of where the product is installed, and version information.  One of the most interesting features that SharePoint Analyzer provides is the ability for you to find out where a Bamboo Web Part or Feature is being used in your environment.  This feature includes the ability to display the Web pages on which the Bamboo Web Part has been added, and the status of the Web Part on those pages.

Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer Web Parts 

Bamboo Product License and Version Information (v1.1)

Analyzer also display the status of Bamboo’s product licensing as well as the current version on your farm compared to the latest version available on the storefront web site.

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For each solution, the Code Access Security is also displayed.

SharePoint Analyzer Installation

SharePoint Analyzer is a Windows desktop application that must be installed on your SharePoint Web front-end server.  It requires the following components to run:

  • Windows 2003 or Vista OS with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) installed.
  • .Net Framework 2.0 or higher.
  • For SharePoint Analyzer to work properly, you should have the Farm Admin permission.

SharePoint Analyzer can be downloaded for free in Bamboo Labs.  To install Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer, use the following steps:

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  1. Unzip the download file in a directory on your server.
  2. Click and run the setup.bat program.
  3. Select Microsoft Log Parser, and then click Install.  This will install the log parser program that is used to read the system log files.

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Select the Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer option, and click Install.  Follow the direction of the installation program.

Limitation and Future Capabilities

This first release of SharePoint Analyzer has a couple of known limitations:

  • The "where used" capability of discovering where specific Web Parts are being used can be time consuming, especially for server farm sites that contain large site collections. The data is cached after the first time you run the command.
  • You will need Farm Admin credentials in order to discover and see all of the information.
  • You must have proper permission to view the Log files.  Very large log files (greater than 1500 pages) will be slow to load.
  • Some of the Bamboo Web Parts will generate an error message when being queried for licensing information.  You can safely click OK to bypass the warning messages.

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Back in our R&D Labs, we're already working hard to improve SharePoint Analyzer.  Some of the planned features for future releases are:

  • Display warning on security and disabled services.
  • Flag items that does not conform to standard best practices.
  • Display more information and provide additional actions for Central Admin site.  

Do you have any suggestions to help us improve SharePoint Analyzer?  Please visit the SharePoint Analyzer forum and let us know your thoughts.

Update: Release 1.3 (3/6/09) now available. 

(Previously: Update: Release 1.1 (12/23/08) and 1.2 (1/20/09) features now available.)

Related Products

Bamboo Solutions has produced several products that are designed to ease the burden of managing your SharePoint installation.  We suggest that you check out the following products:


Posted Nov 07 2008, 03:45 PM by Truc Thien Bui

Comments

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on Fri, Nov 7 2008 4:46 PM

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Igor Macori wrote SharePoint Analyzer da Bamboo Labs
on Tue, Nov 18 2008 6:09 PM

Bamboo Labs, il laboratorio di ricerca e sviluppo di Bamboo Solutions, ha rilasciato qualche tempo fa

Rao wrote re: Introducing Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer
on Mon, Nov 24 2008 11:16 PM

Good Work.

anon wrote re: Introducing Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer
on Tue, Nov 25 2008 4:37 AM

not entirely unlike a previous codeplex project....

http://www.codeplex.com/spi

yay for open source....

Michael Nemtsev wrote re: Introducing Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer
on Sun, Jan 4 2009 6:22 AM

Published tools overview of SharePoint Analyzer and other management tools there msmvps.com/.../sharepoint-managers-tools-overview.aspx

Michael Greth MVP SharePoint Blog wrote SharePoint Kaffeetasse #97
on Sun, Jan 4 2009 7:22 AM

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Mirrored Blogs wrote SharePoint Kaffeetasse #97
on Sun, Jan 4 2009 7:56 AM

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Mirrored Blogs wrote SharePoint Analyzer download - Bamboo Solutions
on Wed, Jan 14 2009 11:35 AM

Michael Nemtsev has been looking at SharePoint manager / explorer type tools and gives convincing thumbs

plakerl wrote re: Introducing Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer
on Thu, Jan 15 2009 11:57 AM

This tool looks awesome when I install on a simple single farm configuration.  However I am now trying to install on the CA machine in a Web farm and it wont launch :(  I get a .net runtime 2.0 error in Event Viewer

EventType clr20r3, P1 bamboo.spanalyzer.exe, P2 1.0.0.0, P3 4951064c, P4 microsoft.sharepoint, P5 12.0.0.0, P6 473bb627, P7 3f91, P8 188, P9 microsoft.sharepoint.spexception, P10 NIL.

Any assistance possible.

Truc Thien Bui wrote re: Introducing Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer
on Mon, Jan 19 2009 10:23 PM

Hi plakerl,

We are trying to see if we can duplicate the problem and hope to be able to trap more exception conditions in the next beta release.  We will let you know.  In the mean time, please post additional information in our SharePoint Analyzer forum (community.bamboosolutions.com/.../188.aspx) if possible.

cicorias wrote re: Introducing Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer
on Sat, Jan 24 2009 9:55 AM

How much of this was taken from http://www.codeplex.com/spi

This looks like a complete rip

Lam wrote re: Introducing Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer
on Mon, Jan 26 2009 5:42 PM

Hi Cicorias,

There are several products on the market that bear some resemblance to Analyzer, including SPI.  You can also find online third party reviews that compare these apps.  For example, you can find one here msmvps.com/.../sharepoint-managers-tools-overview.aspx and here weblogs.asp.net/.../the-best-free-sharepoint-downloads.aspx. I can assure you that our code base is completely start from scratch, and a fairly substantial amount of code came from our commercial products that were available for the last few years (for example, you can find the same log file parsing in our Log Manager product).  All these applications share an "easy" part, which is query SP Object Model, traverse the farm topology and display properties using VS grid.  If you actually spend a few minutes with Analyzer, while the tree control might look familiar, we hope that you will notice the extra functionalities, such as database information, access accounts, discover and display log files, query for where the solutions and features are deployed and used, interface to MS Best Practice Analyzer…etc., just to name a few.  And in the near future updates, we plan to further extend the capabilities to provide additional best practices as well as ability for SP Admin to better review and manage their SP environment.

Thanks for reviewing and please let us know what areas we can improve to make it more useful for you.

BBB - Bas Blogging 'bout.Net wrote SharePoint Analyzer
on Fri, Jan 30 2009 7:14 AM

Some days ago i was browsing the internet for sharepoint analyze tools. On tool has been developed by

Emanuele Mattei wrote download SharePoint Analyzer v1.1
on Mon, Feb 2 2009 4:22 PM

Per coloro che sono interessati ad uno strumento gratuito di analisi per Sharepoint 2007. Possono trovare

Emanuele Mattei wrote download SharePoint Analyzer v1.1
on Mon, Feb 2 2009 4:22 PM
Colon Cleanse wrote re: Introducing Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer
on Mon, May 24 2010 3:04 AM

Share point analyzer is really very good application.

sharepointer wrote re: Introducing Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer
on Tue, Sep 18 2012 10:26 AM

When clicking to download "SharePoint Analyzer Installation" on this page while logged in - I get 'you don't have permission to perform this action'.

Where can I download this desktop application - ir08.r1.2.sl as shown in image on this webpage from?

Can anyone point me towards the right direction.

Thank you in advance.

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About Truc Thien Bui

Truc is a Software Engineer and Assistant Team Lead for Bamboo Business Information System (BIS) group.  His team are responsible for the design, develop and maintain of the online e-commerce storefront, community and backend information structure. He works at Bamboo's Vietnam office in HCM City.

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