Squadron Diagnostics Add-in

In this article we can explore a new Add-in integrated into Squadron.

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Squadron is a Free SharePoint Administration tool available at www.sharepointcto.com.

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What is Diagnostics?

Diagnostics allows you to perform validations periodically. For example: Site Administrators run the following reports on monthly basis:

· Site Collection Size Information

· Permissions are set for Groups

· No obsolete workflows exists

· No obsolete alerts exists

· No dead accounts are in use

Etc.

How to view Diagnostics Screen?

After installing Squadron, you can execute it from Start Menu & click the Diagnostics item on the left side. Please ensure you entered the site url correctly.

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I am explaining each of the visible Diagnostics items.


Dead Accounts

Dead Accounts are those with Active Directory Disabled Status. Periodically we might need to remove the dead accounts from SharePoint Permission Associations.

You can click the Execute button against Dead Accounts row to start the check.

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If no problems found, the bar will be green. You can click the Details link for viewing further information. Using the Details screen we can manually locate the items & fix the problems.

Dead Alerts

Dead Alerts are those Alerts created by users & the users do not exists or being disabled. We can find the alerts through the Dead Alerts diagnostics item.

You can click the Execute button against Dead Alerts row to start the check.

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If no problems found, the bar will be green. You can click the Details link for viewing further information. Using the Details screen we can manually locate the items & fix the problems.


Direct Permissions

Microsoft recommends Permissions to be assigned to SharePoint Groups instead of directly assigning to users. Groups enable more manageability, reusability & ease of clarity. We can find Direct Permission items through this diagnostic item.

You can click the Execute button against Direct Permissions row to start the check.

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If no problems found, the bar will be green. You can click the Details link for viewing further information. Using the Details screen we can manually locate the items & fix the problems.

In the above case it is red and clicking the Details link, you can see the problem locations.

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This concludes our overview of Squadron > Diagnostics.


References

http://www.sharepointcto.com/Squadron

Summary

In this article we have explored the Diagnostics Add-in of Squadron. Diagnostics are essentials to be executed on periodic basis like every one month. For SharePoint Governance enabled organizations, the need for more Diagnostics tools exists.

In future I hope to see more functionality integrated into Diagnostics add-in. You can also give inputs on your Diagnostics requirement.

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