At AvePoint, we’ve noticed that the adoption rate of SharePoint 2013 has been increasing amongst our customers. With that trend in mind, we have to ensure that the DocAve Software Platform evolves into a solution that can address the latest concerns and pain points of implementing SharePoint 2013. For example, the app model introduced in SharePoint 2013 brings a lot of new scenarios into play and a lot of questions, such as:
- How do I deploy a single app to multiple locations?
- How do I ensure that all apps are up-to-date?
- How can I make sure that my app catalogues are in sync from one location to the other?
In SP 4, we’ve added a new app node in our tree that allows you to add apps to your deployment plans. We include features such as deploying an app to another location, deploying an app to a location and all child sites, and generating reports for apps that need to be updated for your whole SharePoint farm. DocAve even includes options to deploy the app and include any app information that you may have previously configured so that you can safely deploy apps across multiple destinations without worrying about configuring them at every destination.
Continuing the trend from our previous service packs, we’ve added more functionality to our Compare feature by giving you the option of generating a comparison report. Previously, the compare feature was done in a “live” mode where you would have to select a source and destination to compare and traverse the tree to see if there are any differences in site settings, SharePoint Designer objects, lists, sites, user solution galleries, etc. In large environments, traversing every level and every node in the tree could take a very long time. In SP 4, you can generate and export a comparison report so that you can review the differences at your leisure.
The last feature I want to highlight will sound familiar for users of our previous version of Deployment Manager in DocAve 5. By popular demand, we’ve brought back File System Deployment for Web Front End (WFE) servers. In Docave 6 SP 3, Deployment Manager only allowed for deployment of WFE Internet Information Services (IIS) site files, GAC files, custom features, and site definitions. In SP 4, we now allow you to deploy any file on the local volumes of your WFEs. We’ve even enhanced this feature by allowing users to add restrictions so that specific paths and file types (e.g. exe and dll files) can be excluded from deployment plans to avoid any deployments that may be considered unsafe.
These are only a few highlights of new features and enhancements we’ve added in DocAve 6 SP 4. For more information, please visit our product page. Interested in trying Deployment Manager yourself? Download a free, 30-day trial today!