MSDN Archive has been retired this week – I do not know why they retired it before there is an adequate replacement for the majority of the tools, but it has a huge impact on my work. One of my favorite tool, the famous ULSViewer
is was hosted there.
ULSViewer – why would you miss it?
Why I love the tool?
- its tiny – with just 487kb you can grab it, copy it over the slowest RDP connection and start working in less than a minute.
- its super fast – even with the biggest ULS Logs you can still filter and search for correlations, full text and what not.
- its just one file – no installation, plain .exe file, it can not be simpler.
- the filtering and coloring is superb – reading the uls can be very challenging (sometimes you need true SharePoint Ninja Skills), but the filtering and coloring really helps me a lot.
- it has real-time support – watching what happens right when it happens – I hate wait times.
- it supports all versions – support for SharePoint 2007 – 2013 is just great!
- its free – I used it for roughly 30 clients – no licensing costs helps quite a lot.
Additionally, just yesterday I solved an issue with the ULSViewer where the coloring and the real-time functionally was a major part of the issue identification.
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How to still get it?
There are three options:
1. You downloaded it already
Easy one – just don’t loose the file. OneDrive it and you cant loose it, right ?
2. You can download it from Todd Klindt
If Tood uses ULSViewer, it has to be good, right? Todd mirrors the ULSViewer on his blog – download it here.
3. Coolest solution: Download it with PowerShell
Install chocolatey (takes 30 seconds) and use the following command
This downloads the ulsviewer and creates a shortcut on your desktop – in less than a minute in total – quite handy and super fast!