SharePoint Inventory Assessment
The first tool, still being tested, is an inventory assessment tool; the other tools are a SharePoint capacity planner, a cross-site configurator and a SharePoint monitoring tool kit, all of which can be downloaded free of charge. The inventory assessment tool allows IT administrators to discover and run detailed reports on SharePoint assets, including servers, Web applications, active features, folders, lists, documents and customizations. This tool was designed to work without the use of agents, a choice Microsoft made after hearing from customers, according to Manoel. The tool functions by making a Windows Management Instrumentation call to remote servers and, if SharePoint assets are discovered, then making a SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) call to determine exactly what content exists on those servers.
The tool then uses SQL Server reporting services to generate reports. Administrators interact with the tool through a wizard that allows users to enter ranges of IP addresses or limit searches to specific addresses.