With several high quality add-on products available for enhancing the performance of SharePoint, the ecosystem that surrounds SharePoint is a strong supporter of several applications and programs.
However, there are 8 unique and free SharePoint tools that can make life easy for any IT admin and allow developers to optimize their SharePoint experience –
1. ManageEngine's Free SharePoint Health Monitor Tool
This incredible health monitor tool gives a convenient dashboard view of your servers, providing details about the memory, CPY, disk space usage, etc. You can drill down into SharePoint workload and view the response time, service status and web server process details. You can also view SQL server details such as cache memory, free pages and buffer cache hit ratio.
2. Marco Wiedemeyer’s SP deployment Command-Line Tool
This open source tool can be run from the command line, reading JSON files, automatically arranging and marking properties. SP deployment also handles SharePoint log in credentials and can be used for managing deployment of multiple sites and environments.
3. Visual Studio Community Edition 2017
Visual Studio Community Edition with Office Developer tools extensions is a great tool for non-developers to re-scape, reformat and develop SharePoint solutions without using SharePoint Designer.
4. Amrein Engineering’s Free Microsoft SharePoint Web Parts
Amrien has developed around 70 pluggable components, also known as web parts which can run within SharePoint. You can track individual stocks, read exchange conference room calendars and even perform overall task rollups across a team. While some web parts are free, others may be available for a one time license fee of $50 to $175.
5. Veeam Backup Free Edition 9.5
For organizations with on premise servers, Veeam Backup Free Edition 9.5 is a great tool that allows you to efficiently manage ESXi and HyperV hosts or VMs. You can access VMs to restore individual application items as well as clone, copy and export them. Veeam Explorer also allows for graphic browsing of backup database as well as use full text search to find documents.
6. The Sharepoint Online Management Shell
From an administrative perspective, Online Management Shell is a preconfigured PowerShell environment that calls all Office 365 cmdlets into one space. Using this tool you can create new document libraries, create content packages, migrate file share data to SharePoint Online and even turn on and off external access to certain SharePoint sites.
7. Refactored SharePoint SUSHI
This project is basically designed to facilitate common administrative tasks. SUSHI stands for SharePoint Utility Smart, Helpful Interface and it has been refactored to work with SharePoint 2013. SUSHI facilitates effective permissions, back-up management and site restoration. It also allows for applying a theme to a group of site with a single click.
8. SharePoint Color Palette Tool
Of all the SharePoint Solutions, this one is clearly a lifesaver when it comes to selecting aesthetic color palettes for new SharePoint sites. SharePoint Color Palette tools runs locally for free on SharePoint 2013, 2016 and Office 365. From standard document libraries to ‘containers’, this tool offers incredible custom solutions.
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