Let's wrap up the week with another exciting installment of SharePoint Blank Investigates, shall we? Today's topic is a twofer consisting of a pair of questions regarding document libraries, the first involving tracking site users, and the second involving tracking site usage.
Both questions were submitted by Melvin, who asks if it's possible to:
- View a list of current logged in users and the location of the user in the library, i.e., which page is he/she in?
- Have a report on page hits?
Since I was pressed for time today, I skipped what are typically the first two steps of such an investigation (i.e., seeking the answer by discovering how to accomplish the task within our site on my lonesome and, should that fail, Googling for the answer), and went straight to step three: Ask Jeff. As regular readers know, that would be Jeff Kozloff, member of Bamboo's Custom Solutions team, and all-around SharePoint Renaissance man.
I went to Jeff armed with Melvin's questions, and my own guesses as to the answers. I thought the answer was, "unfortunately, no" in both cases. Proving yet again how much more I've still got to learn about SharePoint, it turns out I was half right.
The answer is "unfortunately, no ... at least not today" as to the question of listing currently logged in users and their location within a library. Jeff clarified by saying that, "you can view what files a user has viewed, but not what they're currently viewing."
The good news I have for Melvin (and it's good news for me too, since I learned something new in the process) is that, provided he's using MOSS and has sufficient permissions, the information he seeks regarding page hits can almost certainly be found in the Site usage reports. These reports can be found via a hyperlink on the Site Settings page under the Site Administration heading, and they include a variety of metrics, including: site usage summary, requests, users, referrers, and destination pages.
There's a whole mess of metrics available in the Site usage reports that I hadn't yet discovered on my own, so I'm thankful to both Melvin and Jeff for leading me to discover them. In fact, I may very well devote Monday's blog to a closer look at the variety of metrics and features available in the Site usage reports.
Dec 05 2008, 07:58 PM
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John Anderson joined Bamboo Solutions as Manager of Content & Syndication in May of 2008 after a 12-year career at AOL. New to SharePoint at the time of his hiring, John was tasked with creating a new blog for the just-launched Bamboo Nation community in which he would document his daily SharePoint learning process. Thus was born the end user-centric SharePoint Blank, for which John authored 200 posts within a year, and which he continues to write today (albeit much more sporadically). Currently serving as Managing Editor, John sets the tone for Bamboo Nation as its lead blogger, and oversees content across Bamboo properties.