Creating sample data for SharePoint with SPDG

If you work like I do trying to setup test environments in SharePoint often, the experience is great when you finally get all the bells and whistles activated for the features you need to test, but then what?

Now you have a great looking environment with no data! A SharePoint farm with no data in it is like a chocolate chip cookie without the chocolate chips in it. You might as well throw it away and go get something else to eat.

Never fear though as I have recently discovered a great tool that can auto generate much of the content needed to flesh out a SharePoint farm and it happen to be an open source project on GitHub created by the same fine folks that created SPDocKit!

It’s called SPDG (short for SharePoint Data Generator) and it’s another awesome tool to add to your arsenal if you don’t already use it.

Just head over to Github at the following link and check it out here!

Below is an example screenshot to give you an idea of what it looks like:

What is even better about this tool is that you can use it to generate as much content or as little as you need to flesh out your test box. It works with SharePoint Online, and even older versions of SharePoint like 2010!

This tool is so great and I can see so many uses for it, I may just have to do a demo video of this sometime down the road, so stay tuned! I’d love to see more folks talking about this because it definitely saves a lot of time and effort to fill up an empty farm when you need to give a demo!

Many thanks again to the guys over at SysKit for developing something awesome like this!

I hope you enjoy it as well!

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Thoughts after taking the 70-339

Recently I saw the following post online and thought I’d take a stab at trying my first MS cert exam:

https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/b/weblog/posts/beta-exam-for-70-339-managing-microsoft-sharepoint-server-2016-now-available

The overall test was difficult for me since I have had very limited exposure to the new 2016 SharePoint Server and Office 365. From that aspect, I think I didn’t do very well on this exam. But it was free with the code above and It’s given me a great understanding of how to prepare better.

On the other hand, since the bulk of my experience has been with SharePoint 2010 and 2013, I was able to answer several questions without too much difficulty. For several others, I was able to find the correct answer with my 2013 knowledge and review of topics from my notes.

Great breakdown on prep content can be found here:
https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/certification/p/wiki?es=sharePoint&ec=331

READ THE CASE STUDIES!!! Then, read your questions and then re-read the case study again! If you don’t get any other advice from this post, it’s that simply reading the business case related to a certain questions and comparing details of it to what you are being asked can help you find the correct answer by eliminating incorrect answers.

Of course I have to say I should have studied more and into a few topics more in depth for sure to better round out my knowledge for the test. I hope to use this information and knowledge I have now to prep and take the 70-331 and 70-332 exams and then if I didn’t pass, I will go for and retake the 70-339.

Hope this helps!