This article states how to use Snapshots Screen and track changes made to your SharePoint farm during its lifetime.

Snapshots Screen

The Snapshots Screen allows SharePoint administrators to track changes made to the SharePoint Farm during its lifetime. The snapshots contain information about all the settings SPDocKit Consultant can retrieve.

This screen will display snapshots found in snapshots folder on a disk and group them by the farm they were created on:

  • Green icon means that the snapshot is saved in the snapshot folder (on the disk).
  • Bolded snapshot name means that the snapshot is currently selected/opened.

The following commands are available:

  • Open – open currently selected snapshot.
  • Delete– this button will delete the currently selected snapshot from previously defined snapshot locations.
  • Import – use this button to add a snapshot to this list from any other location. Once that the snapshot is imported, it remains here until the user removes it.
  • Export– use this button to create farm snapshot file which can be transferred to any other location.
  • Show Changes – shows differences between the currently selected snapshot and an older snapshot (if one exists).
  • Compare Wizard– starts Compare Wizard for more complex comparisons.
  • Compare to Local – compares a snapshot with the currently loaded local farm.
  • Compare Selected – if two snapshots are selected, this button compares SharePoint settings stored in these two.
  • Mark Configuration as Good – use this button to mark which SPDocKit Consultant snapshot captured your SharePoint farm with all the settings configured in a best possible way. Also, this will exclude that snapshot from data retention policy. Meaning, it will not be deleted.
  • Rename Farm - if you store snapshots from more than one farm, this option allows you to change a default farm name for easier distinction.
  • File Name – to activate this column go to the View tab and use the Choose Columns button. For more information on how to change the default file name see here and observe the snapshots name template section.
  • Load Duration - this column displays how long it took to take a snapshot of your environment.