SWAT 2007

This is another one of those tools you should have on your SharePoint farm(s). Although the tool is aimed to designers of SharePoint solutions, I like to use it for deploying solutions to different or additional web applications without having to retract it first.

The official description, grabbed from the iDevFactory.com website states the following:

SharePoint Work Acceleration Toolkit (SWAT) is a windows based utility aimed at simplifying and accelerating the creation and testing of SharePoint Solutions. With a whole host of time saving capabilities and planned integration with Universal SharePoint Manager 2007, you’ll never want to take on SharePoint without it again.

SWAT Features and Capabilities:
Here is a short list of just some of the things SWAT can do. For a complete overview checkout the SWAT User Guide.

  • Site Diagramming
    • Show a Site Structure as a Diagram
    • Save a Site Structure Diagram as a Image
    • Save a Site Structure Diagram as a SVG file (for importing into Visio)
    • Print a Site Diagram
    • Drag and Drop the design of a Site Structure
  • Generate Test Data and Sites
    • Generate Random Sites for Testing
    • Auto Populate Lists/Libraries with Test Data (including Documents)
  • Work with SharePoint Logs
    • View SharePoint Log Files in a preview window
    • Group and Filter Log file entries
  • Work with Sites
    • Show a Site Structure in a Tree View (including security inheritence)
    • Create a Site Collection
    • Export and Import Site Structures
    • Backup and Restore Site Collections
    • View and Interact with site objects (Lists, Users, Roles, Features, Events, etc..)
    • Delete Sites and entire Site Structures
  • Work with SharePoint Features
    • View Feature Status in Farm and on a Site
    • Install and Uninstall Features
    • Activate and Deactivate Features
  • Work with SharePoint Solution Packages
    • Install and Deploy Solution Packages
    • View Solution Deployment Locations (Servers and Web Apps)
    • Deploy, Retract and Delete Solutions
  • Work with SharePoint Jobs
    • View Job Status
    • Add and Schedule Jobs
    • Enable and Disable Jobs
    • Force Execution of Jobs
  • Work with Event Receviers
    • Install Event Receivers for Sites and Lists
    • View and Manage Event Receivers
    • Delete Event Receivers
  • Work with Web Parts
    • Add (Deploy) Web Parts to multiple sites/pages
    • Replicate Web Parts
    • Delete Web Parts from multiple sites/pages

…and much much more!   These are just some of the features available in the SharePoint Work Acceleration Toolkit.

And now for the good part of this tool: ….. IT’S FREE

Read all about it here

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