SharePoint 2007

SharePoint stsadm commands reference

Are you stsadm hungry? I have attended many SharePoint presentations, technical talks, web casts and promotions and only a very few have discussed on whats ‘under the bonnet’ in SharePoint. Probably now is the time for us to dig deeper into the behind-the-scenes, more powerful SharePoint that Administrators and Developers need to be very familiar with.

In this article from Microsoft, it lists all of the stsadm commands available out of the box.

There are two categories – Operations commands and Properties commands.

Operation Commands consist of:

Backup and Restore
Enterprise Content Management
Excel Calculation Services
Features and Solutions
Forms Services
Import and Export
Logging and Events
Shared Services Provider (SSP)
Site Management
Upgrade and Migration
Workflow Management

Properties commands consist of:
Data Retrieval Services
Information Rights Management
People Picker
Recycle Bin
Site Use Confirmation and Automatic Deletion
Timer Job
Usage Analysis

To use an interactive Silverlight application to learn about the commands available, see Stsadm Silverlight application (

Stsadm is located at the following path on the drive where SharePoint Products and Technologies is installed: %COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\microsoft shared\web server extensions\12\bin. You must be an administrator on the local computer to use Stsadm.

Using Stsadm
The command-line tool provides access to the complete set of Office SharePoint Server 2007 operations. You can use Stsadm from the command line or with batch files or scripts. Stsadm must be run on the server itself.

To use Stsadm, you must be a member of the local Administrators group on the server. When you invoke Stsadm, you supply an operation and a set of command-line parameters in the form:

-operation OperationName -parameter value

Read the stsadm command index here:

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