Managing and Administering SharePoint 2010 Infrastructure : Using Additional Administration Tools for SharePoint

2/5/2011 9:47:49 AM
Although the vast number of administrative tools are stored within either the SharePoint Central Admin tool and individual Site Settings Administration, there are some additional tools that can be used by SharePoint administrators to fully administer a SharePoint environment. These include the critical PowerShell scripting tool, the legacy command-line STSADM tool, and specialty admin tools such as the IIS Manager and the SQL Server Management Studio.

Command-Line Administration of SharePoint Using the STSADM Tool

The STSADM tool has a long history with SharePoint products and technologies. Indeed, the acronym itself refers to SharePoint Team Services (STS) administration, which was the 1.0 version name of the SharePoint Foundation product, originally released with older version of the FrontPage (now SharePoint Designer) web authoring tool.

With SharePoint 2010, the STSADM tool is still used and supported, but Microsoft is switching focus of command-line administration to its PowerShell tool, which now supports more than 500 commandlets specifically built just for SharePoint. Administrators should first learn how to use PowerShell before using STSADM, because it is the preferred method of administering SharePoint.

It’s not intuitive to find the STSADM tool, unfortunately, because it is buried in the C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\14\BIN folder on a SharePoint front-end server, where C:\ is the drive where SharePoint was installed.


It is convenient to add the C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\14\BIN folder to the PATH statement on a SharePoint server so that STSADM can be run from any location in the command prompt window.

STSADM can create sites, delete sites, back up sites, restore sites, add users, remove users, change timer job intervals, change roles, and perform many other tasks. You should review the entire list of options available.

Working with the Internet Information Services Manager Tool

Occasionally, some administration of the Internet Information Services (IIS) application is required that cannot be performed using the SharePoint Central Admin tool. This includes installing the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates and changing authentication settings. The IIS Manager tool, as shown in Figure 1, can be used for this functionality and can be invoked by clicking on Start, All Programs, Administrative Tools, and Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.

Figure 1. Administering SharePoint using IIS Manager.

Some SharePoint administration tasks can only be performed from within IIS Manager, including IP address assignment for web applications, SSL certificates, bindings, and some authentication settings. It is subsequently critical to become familiar with this tool for administration of a SharePoint 2010 environment.

SQL Server Administration for SharePoint

Administration of the SharePoint databases needs to be performed using the SQL Server Management Studio with SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, or SQL Server 2008 R2. The SQL Server Management Studio, as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2. Administering SharePoint using SQL Server Management Studio.

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