Coming Soon! GEBestBetAdder GUI for SharePoint 2013, 2016 and SharePoint Online

Things have been very busy at the Geoff front. Work on the GUI version of GEBestBetAdder is being finalised. This tool will help you migrate and manage Best Bets from SharePoint 2010 enabling you to migrate to Promoted Results in SharePoint 2013 and beyond, including just some of the following features:

  • Create Query Rules and Promoted Results into SharePoint 2013 and beyond from SharePoint 2010 Best Bets and Keywords
  • Add, Edit and Delete custom Query Rules and Promoted Results without having to access SharePoint
  • Export Query Rules, Promoted Results to Excel and XML formats
  • Manage existing Query Rules on a site by site basis

The tool has been long in the making and has been great fun to build – its absolutely crammed with features. The tool will be made available on a trial basis very soon, am aiming for release by end of August 2019. It will even include the ability to migrate Query Rules to/from on-premise to Office 365. If you are interested please contact me and I’ll add you on the trial list.

GEMySiteLockDown – Automate MySite Lock Status – and Removal

Was asked today – is there anyway to remove Mysites en-mass in SharePoint 2010?

Yes, because I’ve written a free tool available for download that works using the following parameters:

-a  Create file for ALL sites within the chosen collection
-d  Create file for sites within the chosen collection that have been modified in the last day.
-w Create file for sites within the chosen collection that have been modified in the last week.
-n  Lock State is None
-x  Lock State is NoAdditions
-y  Lock State is ReadOnly
-z  Lock State is NoAccess
-u  URL of the Site Collection whose subsites you want to lockdown


GEPDOCPERMS – Free Display Document Libraries and Permissions Utility for SharePoint 2013

Hi Folks,

For some time now I put down the SharePoint automates pen, but, seeing as 2013 is definitely out I thought, hey lets upgrade and develop all the tools and release new ones in my ‘suite’. GEPDOCPERMS is a new utility, one of my favourites, it’s a free download and it is available for SharePoint 2013. GEPDOCPERMS is a utility that will list document libraries from all or a specific SharePoint site, with the ability to show the permissions set against documents, the ability to list the email enabled document libraries, the ability to list permissions against a specific individual. The output of this utility is TEXT, however, further releases will include the ability to write to XML and HTML.


GEGETListInfo – SharePoint tool to mass obtain List IDs (GUID) in SharePoint 2013


Trying to extract a GUID from a site component directly is a hassle. And the developers always asked for a GUID from a list etc. Options was to give them Design Rights to a List so they could use the ahem ‘Famous’ hack of extracting it from the List Settings, or writing a script! I thought, aha, a script sounds better, but lets give it some options!

GEGETLISTID gets the list title, description, number of items in the list, the list items (and optionally the ability to turn that output off) and of course, the List ID! It works against all components of the site, e.g. Shared Documents, Calendars, Tasks, Web Parts List, etc. GEGETLISTID works against a site, do you must enter the name of the site when running the command.

The output can be pushed to a text file of your choice or by default goes to GEGETLIST.TXT


GEMBackup – SharePoint tool to Automate SharePoint Site Backups

The command line backup / restore routine in SharePoint environment whilst good does not offer any scheduling capability. There are of course products providing granular backup (e.g. DOCAVE) but this is geared to corporate site collections. This document describes the GEMBACKUP application, that can facilitiate the backup of the SharePoint environments and how to backup site collections using a tool I wrote that enumerates the sites and creates a backup batch file that can be scheduled using Windows Scheduler.