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Last night was quite a deep run through the things you can do with SharePoint's administration interface. The Colorado Springs SharePoint User Group was privileged to have local SharePoint MVP Gary Lapointe presenting on how he created his STSADM extensions (an add-on that you can find on CodePlex).

It was quite breathtaking to see the number of new extensions he has developed to extend the functionality of the out of the box STSADM utility that you and I use. To be exact he has added a whopping 131 new operations. Not all of them are ground breaking, but some of them add additional functionality to the already present operations. The reason for the extension of the already present operations was due to additional parameters or functionality that the other operation doesn't already do.

If that wasn't cool enough, he also took us on a step by step guide to how he decided to start building all of these extensions and how he goes about it. I guess I never realized how easy it really is to add additional operations to the STSADM.

If you haven't already done so and you think you have an idea for an addition to the operations list it is worth while checking out his blog and also his projects on CodePlex. Of the project he has going one is the previously mentioned add-on to your environment where you will be able to utilize the 131 additional operations that he has already developed to help you be more efficient, but he also has a template project that will help you along your way to creating your own operations. This contains the files and structure you need to get started on your own. So give it a try.

And being the extremely nice guy that he is Gary also gave away a MSDN subscription in a raffle that was valued at close to $10,000!!! A very lucky Ryan McIntyre was the participant that was chosen from the attendees. Congrats Ryan. I know that you will give that membership a good workout.

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Good luck and Happy Coding.


Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2008 8:40 PM SharePoint , Training | Back to top

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