Doing the community thing


One of the aspects I enjoy most about the TechNet community is creating TechNet gallery uploads. I like the fact that when I create a tool for personal use I can share the burden of testing it with the community, I like the new  ideas that sometimes follow after sharing a tool or pieces of code  stemming from community feedback, I like to  watch if a tool becomes popular or not (which is just like a game to me), and I like the fact that I can always find my custom tools back. This blog post is about my most recent gallery upload, and I want to give it some attention here so the tool gets a better start in life.

When I start a greenfield SharePoint implementation, early on in the game I execute capacity planning analysis.  This gives me an idea about what the customer is planning to do with SharePoint, and it also gives me a chance to formally discuss what not to do with SharePoint. After a SharePoint environment is actually being used, I feel it's important to frequently check for capacity planning boundaries, such as the number of subsites, lists, columns, and so on. Because of this, some years ago I created a command line tool called Maxer For SharePoint 2010 which handles a nice standard set of checks. I do feel the tool had two shortcomings:
- In large environments it could take a really long time before the tool completed.
- It was not possible for people downloading the tool to extend it.

So, very recently I decided to port this command line tool to a PowerShell script, update it for SharePoint 2013, and make it available via the TechNet gallery at http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/PowerShell-Maxer-for-cd9e13d6. What I like most about PowerShell is the quote from the author of a PowerShell book I was a technical reviewer of: "If you don't learn PowerShell, you better learn the phrase: 'Do you want fries to go with that shake?'". Secondly, I also like the fact that PowerShell is so easy to customize to ones own needs. So I do believe that the PowerShell Maxer for SharePoint 2013 is a step forward.

If you absolutely feel that you want to check it out, I won't try to stop you!

Comments (7)

  1. Very good Margriet. Thanks.

  2. Great Gallery example. Thanks, Margriet. Have you built many Wiki articles around your Gallery scripts?

    Thanks!

  3. Hi Margriet,

    I will test it, as you mentionned it, capacity planning should be a mandatory task for everyone who is building SharePoint farms.

  4. I love that quote, "If you don't learn PowerShell, you better learn the phrase: 'Do you want fries to go with that shake?'"! Classic! PowerShell rocks!

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