Based on my research, it seems like the Microsoft tools would be supported, and the others MAY or may not be supported depending on what exactly they do and how they are written. Does anyone know? Is there a list somewhere of approved/supported 3rd party tools?
In my test environment I have used:
Feature Admin Tool
SharePoint Manager 2010
SharePoint Administration Toolkit
Summarized from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/841057:
If an unsupported database modification is discovered during a support call....
The database must be restored to an unmodified state before Microsoft SharePoint Support can provide any data migration assistance.
Exceptions to the prohibition against database modifications are made for specific usage scenarios:
- Operations that are initiated from the SharePoint administrative user interface
- SharePoint specific tools and utilities that are provided directly by Microsoft (for example, Ststadm.exe)
- Changes that are made programmatically through the SharePoint Object Model and that are in compliance with the SharePoint SDK documentation
- Activities that are in compliance with the SharePoint Protocols documentation
I downloaded the SharePoint Protocols, its about 300 PDFs mostly unrelated to my question.
Here's what I don't want to have happen:
SharePoint breaks, I call Microsoft, then they say they can't help because I used a third party tool.