A week ago, Microsoft launched Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016. This set of new features brings support for hybrid scenarios, some novelties for developers, as well as some useful stuff for SharePoint administration. This is why we decided to update SPDocKit – it now supports the Feature Pack 1!
Administrative Actions – new SPDocKit report!
What we found to be a really exciting new feature is administative actions logging for most common SharePoint admin actions! Now, you can monitor every action performed, either via a SharePoint Server 2016 Central Administration website or Windows Powershell, which can be very important in order to avoid undesired effects in your enviroment. Sounds very useful, doesn't it? However, SharePoint on-premises itself lacks an interface that provides an overview of these actions. One of the solutions would be to use PowerShell scripts to retrieve these logs.
This is why we have decided to quickly upgrade SPDocKit reporting capabilities with a new security audit report, which we named Administrative Actions. Now you can use SPDocKit's simple interface to get a centralized overview of all administrative actions made on your SharePoint farm.
Administrative Actions report lists every action, along with some useful information, such as:
- Action type
- Time of an action
- User (and belonging domain) who conducted the action
- Correlation ID
- Configure Accounts
- Configure managed accounts
- Configure Service Account
- Configure Password change settings
- Specify Authentication Providers
- Manage Trust
- Manage Web Part Security
- Farm backup and restore operations
- Server Administration
- Configuration database changes
- Site Collection Administration
- Site Collection Content Database
- Quota Changes
- Feature Administration
- Web Application Administration
- Web Application Administration User Policy
- Service Application
- Form & Feature Template Administration
- Content Database
- Configure Groups
- User & Group Migration
This TechNet article lists all the actions that can be detected and monitored.
The data from this report will be stored in an SPDocKit database. This way, you do not need to worry about SharePoint data retention. Now you can store your logs, search for anything you need and get control over your SharePoint farm changes.
New MinRoles support!
MinRole, as a new farm topology, was introduced with a SharePoint Server 2016. The problem with this, in the past, was that they were optimized for bigger farms where you had to have four servers, or a high availability (HA) MinRole farm with eight servers. Feature Pack 1 brings support for smaller environments with two new server roles: Front-end with Distributed Cache and Application with Search. This means that, now, you can deploy a MinRole farm with two servers, or a high availability (HA) farm with four servers.
SPDocKit 6.3 comes with updated SPDocKit MinRole classification, in accordance with Feature Pack 1 changes to track and properly show your toplogies.
What else is new?
A few weeks ago, we have released a new version of SPDocKit with a set of pretty powerful and useful features. Those with a new Administrative Actions report might be a great admin pack for your SharePoint 2016. Let me quickly go through these:
- SPDocKit Event Viewer – redesigned monitoring feature. New interface allows you to search and filter ULS logs by category, source, server, event ID, and correlation ID.
- New Permission compare options.
- New Permissions and Best Practices alerts.
- Exporting to Excel to easily filter your data.
- Documentation od installed certificates.