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Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

 

Where is MKZip for SharePoint Installed?


MKZip for SharePoint is installed on the SharePoint Server(s). It is deployed as a WSP package.

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How does it work?


MKZip for SharePoint can be registered for some / all of the SharePoint Server sites or libraries. It is then called each time a file is uploaded into one of the registered sites or libraries.

Once called, it processes the file being uploaded in real time and stores the processed file into the target SharePoint destination folder.

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Is it possible not to process some files?


Yes! You can define the SharePoint server sites and libraries for which you want MKZip for SharePoint to be active.

For each given site or library registered with MKZip for SharePoint, you can define which kind of processing you want (XML file Optimization, Image file Optimization, PDF Conversion, Zip compression) and for which file types.

Processing of the files can also be conditioned to the minimum size of the file to process and/or to the amount of savings in percentage of the file size or in number of KB.

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How can MKZip for SharePoint be configured?


MKZip for SharePoint comes with a Configuration utility provided under the form of a SharePoint web site. This web site enables the MKZip administrators to fully manage the MKZip parameters through a web browser.

More than 60 parameters enable to finely tune each of the MKZip for SharePoint features like XML optimization, image optimization, PDF conversion and Zip Compression and to specify to which file types they must be applied.

System parameters are also available enabling to specify system settings like the level of logging, or to activate the production of usage statistics.

Multiple profiles, each containing a specific parameter set, can be defined and applied to given SharePoint sites or libraries.

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What about the MKZip for SharePoint footprint?


The total size of the installed programs is under 800 KB and the MKZip for SharePoint Memory footprint is very low (you can check this in the Windows Task Manager).

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Any performance concerns?


The processing of the files happens in real time when the files are uploaded by the users and is triggered by events related to files being uploaded.

The processing of the files is pretty fast (duration of the processing of each file is one of data available in the product log files). The time it takes to make the file smaller is for the benefit of the next processing steps like inserting the uploaded file into the SharePoint databases, indexing the file etc… and of course for the benefit of next file database extractions / downloads.

The CPU cycles and IOs consumed by MKZip for SharePoint to make the uploaded files smaller are fully recovered when inserting the uploaded files in the SharePoint server databases and also later on, when these files will be downloaded by some SharePoint users (the files processed by MKZip for SharePoint being smaller, they will consume less server and network resources at database extraction and download time).

For XML optimized files, the indexing of these files by the SharePoint server indexing service will also be faster and will consume fewer resources than it would do if the files had not been optimized by MKZip for SharePoint.

Reducing the size of the SharePoint server databases has also a global positive impact on the SharePoint server performance.

The architecture of the product is flexible and enables to run the Optimization engine on another computer or virtual machine of needed.

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Which versions of SharePoint are supported?


MKZip for SharePoint has been developped for and fully tested with Microsoft SharePoint 2010. It should be ascending compatible with SharePoint 2013.
Depending on customer needs, we will test it on SharePoint 2007 and will update this answer.

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What about the MKZip for SharePoint PDF conversion engine?


MKZip for SharePoint uses the Microsoft Office PDF conversion engine.
Microsoft Office 2010, Word, Excel and PowerPoint (depending on the type of files you need to convert to PDF) need to be installed on the SharePoint Server in order enable the MKZip for SharePoint PDF conversion feature.

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How can I evaluate MKZip for SharePoint?


Ask us for a one-month fully functional evaluation copy of MKZip for SharePoint and install it on one of your SharePoint Servers.
The evaluation package comes with the product help file and a default parameter file enabling you to register MKZip for SharePoint with some of your sites or libraries in a few minutes.

Then start uploading files to the registered sites or libraries and check the log files or launch the real time monitor to know about the volume reduction results.

Keep focused on the largest files, typically the type of files consuming 80% of your SharePoint Server Storage. It is with these files that you need to test MKZip for SharePoint in priority.

The 80% of smallest files consuming 20% of your SharePoint Server Storage are less interesting because even if you get very good volume reduction results with these files, they will only apply to 20% of the global volume of your SharePoint files.

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