Enabling the SharePoint Developer Dashboard

The Developer Dashboard is to help developers/ administrators with logging and debugging custom components that are added to SharePoint pages. It uses a simple process of elimination to isolate which component in a SharePoint page is the root cause for the slow performance.  Developer Dashboard provides details on

  • How long it took threads to process
  • Details on the quantity and execution duration of SQL Server database calls and
  • Details on Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) service calls
  • Details on the URL
  • Current user
  • Load time etc.,

The Developer Dashboard can be turned on or enabled for an entire farm to get a snapshot of the activity and performance of a specific page request.

To enable this dashboard, run the following commands from the SharePoint management shell:

$content = ([Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebService]::ContentService)

$appsetting =$content.DeveloperDashboardSettings

$appsetting.DisplayLevel = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPDeveloperDashboardLevel]::On