Enable Developer Dashboard In SharePoint Server 2016

Developer Dashboard has been a friendly tool used by developers since SharePoint 2010 to isolate the bugs introduced by a faulty code, to estimate the page performance and other page-related monitoring needs.

By default, the developer dashboard is disabled. In this blog, we will see how to activate it in SharePoint Server 2016. Make sure that you have an active and running ‘Usage and Health Service Application’ as developer dashboard directly depends on it.

Once the usage and health service application is in place, we can run the below command to enable developer dashboard. 

  1. $ContentService = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebService]::ContentService   
  2. $DevDashboard = $ContentService.DeveloperDashboardSettings    
  3. $DevDashboard.DisplayLevel = "On"    
  4. $DevDashboard.Update()  

Going to the SharePoint page, we can see the developer dashboard icon to the top right corner.

Clicking on it will open up the developer dashboard and we can use it to debug the application and request traffic.

Summary - Thus, we saw how to enable developer dashboard for debugging and monitoring purposes, in SharePoint Server 2016.