Friday, August 13, 2010

SharePoint 2010 Usage Blob

A while back I wrote something about the existence of SharePoint usage information in Blob format, and Microsoft actually has a sample code on how to parse the blob. That blog entry can be found here. That’s actually for SharePoint 2007. Actually I was able to utilize that and build a small application that would output the SharePoint usage report. It’s been working pretty well actually.

Now with SharePoint 2010, I was not sure if it still has the usage information in Blob format. I tried to find some documentations online, but could not. So I just give it a try and test it. Happy to report that it seems SharePoint 2010 is still storing usage information in Blob format. The only thing that I am not sure about is whether or not Microsoft will continue to have this.

One thing to note is that one of the new big features that SharePoint 2010 has is the totally redesign usage reports from SharePoint 2007. I must say they look much better that SharePoint 2007 usage reports. In SharePoint 2007, it seems that usage report is an afterthought. But in SharePoint 2010, they seems to really think through the usage report feature well. I would really suggest to give it a looksie.

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