The Frugal Admin does Free SharePoint Tools ---- What can you get for nothing? Quite a lot actually
Even SharePoint Foundation (SPF) can cost considerable money, time, and effort to implement and maintain. Why spend a penny more if you don't have to (or if you don't have it)? SharePoint does have some tools built in, but they often aren't quite enough. So, inevitably, people seek better offerings, and end up paying a lot of money for them. Did you know there are free SharePoint monitoring tools, a lot of them, available online? Diagnostic and auditing tools, web parts, scripts, and even new cmdlets to help automate and improve backup/restore capabilities. There is all kinds of free stuff for SharePoint out there. Come see a list of some of the best of them, some quick demonstrations of my favorites, with tips and tricks about trustworthy places to get them, and where to keep a look out for more.
Author of Mastering Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 and Mastering Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, as we well being a well known SharePoint speaker. A former Microsoft SharePoint MVP, and a recognized expert on SharePoint Services and Foundation, she often volunteers to support the SharePoint hands-on labs at events like TechEd and the SharePoint Conference, speaks at SharePoint Saturdays and User Groups around the nation, as well as frequently does free webcasts for her online user group. You can follow her on twitter @cacallahan, or join her SharePoint Foundation Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/callahanSPF