SharePoint 2007

Sharepoint Warmup Tool – Speed up your Sharepoint loading time

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If you’re running Sharepoint, I can bet if you try using it in the morning, it takes a good while before the page initially loads up. Then for the rest of the day, every page you hit is lightning fast. This is because the IIS application pool for Sharepoint resets at night between 1AM – 2 AM (right click on the application pool in IIS and check the Recycling tab for the exact time on your server). When you access the page for the first time in the morning, IIS has to wait for the application pool to “warm up” and rebuild the cache before it presents the page to you.

I had been using the scripts that Joel Oleson (Former Sr. Technical Product Manager for SharePoint at Microsoft & current Sharepoint Evangelist) made available on his blog back in 2006 for the longest time:

http://blogs.msdn.com/joelo/archive/2006/08/13/697044.aspx

Since then, a tool called SPWakeUp has been created inspired from these scripts and I have been using this on all my Sharepoint and Project front end servers instead. It is maintained at CodePlex here:

http://www.codeplex.com/SPWakeUp

Just follow the instructions and set it up as a scheduled task to run on your web front ends after the app pool recycles at night. I created a .bat file containing the following arguments that the scheduled task is pointed at:

C:\SPWakeUp\SPWakeUp.exe -discover -log:c:\SPWakeUp\log.txt

This will automatically discover all your Sharepoint sites (which is the default behavior of the tool anyway) and also log the results to a text file. This will eliminate the slow loading in the mornings of MOSS, WSS, PWA, etc.

About Jason Samuel

Jason Samuel is an Infrastructure Architect in Houston, TX with a primary focus on mobility, virtualization, and cloud technologies from Citrix, Microsoft, & VMware. He also has an extensive background in web architecture and information security. He is certified in several technologies and is 1 of 50 people globally that is a recipient of the prestigious Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) award. He is 1 of 28 people in the world that is an Atlantis Community Expert (ACE). He is a featured author on DABCC which provides the latest IT Community News on Cloud, Data Center, Desktop, Mobility, Security, Storage, & Virtualization. In his spare time Jason enjoys writing how-to articles and evangelizing the technologies he works with.

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