Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Running STSADM Commands

I know that everyone and their mother has an opinion about how to deal with STSADM commands, so one more opinion won't hurt.
I suggest creating a folder on the C: drive called "Scripts", to store all of the batch (.bat) and command (.cmd) files that you create/run.  It is a lot easier to edit the files in Notepad than it is to retype the whole STSADM command when you make a mistake.  Also, if you blow up your farm, you have a record of all scripts run in case you have to rebuild.
The first thing to do when creating a script for SharePoint 2007 is to add the STSADM path as the first line:
cd C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\BIN
Then write your STSADM command(s)
The last line of your script should be:
This will allow you to see the errors or successes without the cmd window closing.
Please remember to right-click the script and Run as Administrator.

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