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Tim points out a utility for SharePoint from WinApp Echo. I faintly remember that someone mentioned that this was demoed at TechEd in the MS Partner section (I could be mistaken).

I would agree with Tim that some of the features provided by the tool might be accomplished by directly manipulating the SharePoint Database (which is unsupported). But at the end of the day if you are managing a large Portal Setup what the product offers is ‘must-have’ features (i.e. in contrast to ‘would like to have’).

It would be interesting if some one were to open a dialogue with them and ascertain how safe their product is

i.e. along the lines

1.       Is there any chance that it would critically mess up your Portal?

2.       What Kind of operations does the tool really perform (i.e. at the low-level Database vs OM vs WebServices)

3.       And will Microsoft support your portal if you use this tool?

Any thoughts anyone?

Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2005 5:42 AM SharePoint | Back to top

Comments on this post: RE: WinApp Echo

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Having had to do the same thing that Echo does for a client -- and having several conversations with the folks at WinAppTechnology on some of the challenges that you face doing what they do through the API ... I'm very comfortable that they are in fact using the API -- as painful as it is.
Left by Robert Bogue on Aug 19, 2005 7:47 AM

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Hi Garry Smith here from Winapp technology.

1. We or our clients have not experienced it. In fact echo mainly gets their portal out of a critical mess

2. We always use the OM and the Web Service first. We do access the DB but only where absolutely necessary. We make no alterations or modifications to the Database's structure. The database changes made by echo are only ever those changes that would be made where a user to manually make the design changes that echo is automating.

3. Our clients continue to receive support from Microsoft support right up to the highest levels. Unlike other third part tools out there we make no changes to SharePoint that would warrant stopping of support. I repeat we only change things that would be changed should you make those changes manually with SharePoint anyway.
Left by Garry Smith on Sep 22, 2005 12:09 AM

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Thanks for the info Tariq and Garry!
Left by Mark Kruger on Sep 22, 2005 5:03 PM

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