SharePoint 2013 Features

Administration Features

SharePoint 2013 has the tools you need to oversee the health & security of your environment.

Central Administration Features

SharePoint 2013's Central Administration is a special site where farm administrators provision and configure the farm's services, sites and security while managing deployments and overseeing the ongoing operations of the farm. IT Pros and SharePoint Administrators are sure to enjoy the advanced administrative functionality with SharePoint 2013 Central Administration:

Benefits of the Central Administration Features Include:

  • Application Management - Web Applications, Site Collections, Service Applications, Database
  • System Settings - Servers, Email and SMS, Farm Management
  • Monitoring - Health Analyzer, Timer Jobs, Reporting
  • Backup and Restore - Farm Backup and Restore, Granular Backup
  • Security - Users, General Security, Information Policy
  • Upgrade and Migration - Upgrade and Patch Management
  • General Application Settings - External Service Connections, InfoPath Forms Services, SharePoint Designer, Search, Content Deployment, Report Server Settings
  • Apps - SharePoint and Office Store, App Management
  • Configuration Wizards - Farm Configuration Wizard

PowerShell 3.0 Features

Windows PowerShell is back with the latest update in task automation and a more efficient way to perform administrative tasks on your Windows system. All of Microsoft's Server products, including SharePoint 2013, can be managed using PowerShell. While SharePoint 2010 supported PowerShell management through cmdlets in the Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell snap-in, the new release has even more options and automation possibilities. PowerShell 3.0 and PowerShell ISE in Windows Server 2013 provide a more user-friendly script editing environment for building SharePoint PowerShell scripts.

Benefits of the PowerShell Framework for SharePoint:

  • Powered by PowerShell 3.0 (tab completion, PowerShell Web Access, Task Scheduler Integration)
  • Improved code writing
  • 300+ New cmdlets
  • New SharePoint Apps Framework
  • Update Help documentations easily

Identity Management Features

Identity Management for SharePoint 2013 has an impressive wingspan that covers authentication and authorization, including the storage, synchronization and display of this information. SharePoint 2013 gives farm administrators a wide variety of options for where user accounts are stored & how they authenticate to SharePoint. Examples include storing users in your hosted Active Directory domain, your internal corporate domain, a SQL database, Windows Azure Access Control Services, Facebook or even Google.

Benefits of User Authentication Management Include:

  • Ease the process of using claims-based authorization
  • Only authorized users are enabled to use the system
  • ASP.Net Forms Authentication is supported
  • Claims-based identity and authentication is supported (Windows claims, ASP.Net membership, SAML)
  • All IIS and Windows authentication options are supported by SharePoint(Basic, Digest, Certificates, NTLM, Kerberos)

App Management Features

SharePoint 2013 introduces a new way to build upon the platform with Apps. And with apps readily available in the SharePoint Store and Market Place, it’s important to maintain your App functionality is managed. SharePoint 2013 is built for the cloud with stability, scalability, and mobility in mind. The new SharePoint App framework and infrastructure lets administrators deploy isolated App functionality to their farms and manage the associated licensing in one place.

Benefits of App Management in SharePoint 2013:

  • Purchase Apps from the Microsoft SharePoint App Store directly from Central Administration
  • Manage App Licenses
  • Monitor App Performance
  • Manage App Permissions
  • Manage the App Catalog available to end-users

SharePoint Designer Features

Create your SharePoint landscape with the improved SharePoint Designer 2013. From SharePoint sites, workflows and web pages, SharePoint Designer is your go-to HTML editor and web design tool to customize your SharePoint. SharePoint Designer 2013 is ideal for rapid, no-code SharePoint application development. SharePoint Designer lets you customize page layouts, integrate line of business data, automate manual processes with workflows and create business intelligence solutions.

Additional SharePoint Designer Benefits Include:

  • New HTML 5 and CSS Support
  • Overhauled Graphical Workflow Designer Interface
  • Workflows now support loops and workflow stages (jump to any stage in a workflow)

Performance and Scalability Features

SharePoint 2013 boasts major improvements in performance and scalability! Speed, elasticity and enhancements across the board have made SharePoint 2013 the most powerful platform yet. The push for cloud adoption required this release to scale and perform well out of the box. Enjoy massive database I/O enhancements with shredded storage and faster load times thanks to improved caching and IIS compression.

SharePoint 2013 Scalability and Performance Perks:

  • 50% Faster Server Response Times
  • 10x faster Active Directory Import speeds
  • 40% more efficient use of bandwidth
  • 80% less file I/O related SQL IOPS – only write back file changes (shredded storage), SQL low level optimizations
  • Faster Perceived End-User experience using animations and drag and drop file upload
  • 10K Sites in a Content Database from SharePoint 2010
  • 750K farm Sites (250K in SharePoint 2010)
  • 500 Content Databases in a farm from 300 in SharePoint 2010

Upgrade and Migration Features

Words like 'upgrade' and 'migration' may have brought chills to SharePoint administrators and IT managers in the past, but SharePoint 2013 looks to ease the pain of this process. Whether you’re coming all the way from WSS or MOSS, SharePoint 2013 has processes in place to make the transition easier while protecting your data. The in-place upgrade option found in SharePoint 2010 is gone. The in-place version to version upgrade from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010 option was generally avoided because a mid-migration failure could lead to data corruption and people's jobs. The database attach method is now the primary option and improvements have been added to safeguard data while accelerating migration speeds.

Some Enhancements for SharePoint 2013 Upgrades:

  • Safer Upgrades with Site Collection health checks and evaluation sites for preview
  • Reduced Outage Duration by upgrading site collections separately from databases
  • Deferred Site Collection Upgrade allows site collection administrators to control when the site collection upgrade occurs as well as when the user experience switches from 2010 to 2013
  • SharePoint 2010 Customization upgrades can wait as they are installed alongside the SharePoint 2013 bits
  • A System Status bar at top of screen (upgrade in progress, maintenance in progress, read only data)
  • Improved Upgrade Logs with Specific Error Codes and separate files for each site collection upgrade