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  • Blog Post: Taking People Search on the Road….

    In another great blog post Matt McDermott walks you through the steps of enabling SharePoint’s people search capability on a mobile device with the end results looking something like this; The post is here;   http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/matthew/archive/2008/09/27/mobile-people-search.aspx Richard...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Image Search

    Matthew McDermott , a SharePoint MVP , has written a great 4 part blog post on how to make SharePoint 2007 search (and Search Server) render image results in a way that looks very similar to http://images.live.com . Not only does this make searching images much easier, it’s also a very thorough step...
  • Blog Post: SQL File groups and Search

    This article has been a long time coming, but it is finally here.  In the post below I will cover how to configure the Search database to span multiple filegroups.  First I'll cover a little about the benefits of doing so: General references on what SQL file groups are: A basic description...
  • Blog Post: SQL Index defrag and maintenance tasks for Search

    Hi all, this topic is an area that has caused me much pain and work.  My goal for this was to follow the recommended SQL guidelines while minimizing the impact that these maintenance jobs have on Crawling and Queries.  We know from the SQL Monitoring an I/O post that Search is extremely I/O...
  • Blog Post: How to: Mine the ULS logs for query latency

    Tracking query latencies can be made easier through the use of the products ULS logs.   Below you will find information on how to enable the specific ULS traces as well as information for how to parse the logs.  The primary usage of this information is to monitor the ongoing health of...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Faceted Search v2.5

    Starting Faceted Search 2.5, the solution relies on Microsoft Enterprise Library to address common software requirements in caching, logging, exception handling, policy injection etc., etc. More importantly, the 2.5 is a ground breaking release that is setting new targets for the Faceted Search. So,...
  • Blog Post: Announcing: Availability of Infrastructure Updates

    As announced on the SharePoint Team blog this morning we released to web three new important updates that affect SharePoint Server 2007 , Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 , Project Server 2007 , Search Server 2008 , Search Server 2008 Express and Project Professional 2007 . The Infrastructure Update for...
  • Blog Post: Announcing: conceptClassifier for SharePoint

    conceptClassifier for SharePoint adds automatic document classification and taxonomy management to Microsoft SharePoint and works without the need to build another search index. It is installed as a set of Features that, when activated, cause new columns to be displayed in the document library listings...
  • Blog Post: Indexing Exchange Server 2007 Public Folders

    I've had several questions recently about how to index Exchange Server 2007 Public Folders with SharePoint Server 2007. Unfortunately with the RTM versions of both products it's not actually possible due a couple of issues with both Exchange Server 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007. The good news however...
  • Blog Post: Announcing: Release to Web of Documentum and FileNet Indexing Connectors

    Today marks the release of 2 new Microsoft Enterprise Search Indexing Connectors (formally known as Protocol Handlers) for EMC Documentum 5.3 (Service Pack 4) and IBM FileNet P8 3.5.1 or 3.5.2. The connectors are compatible with the 32bit English Language versions of SharePoint Server 2007 (Service Pack...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the ExportCrawlLog STSADM Command Extension

    In versions of SharePoint prior to MOSS 2007 each time a crawl was executed, a new group of log messages were stored to the database.  Also, the name of the log itself was changed in the documentation and the user interface. Formerly this log was known as the Gatherer Log, but it is now called the...
  • Blog Post: System Center Data Protection Manager & Search

    Microsoft® System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) is designed to help you take backups and restore data easily. For a Microsoft SharePoint® farm, DPM understands the objects within the farm and backs up the most relevant data with least amount of user intervention. DPM 2007 backs up: 1...
  • Blog Post: Search training material available on TechNet!

    We recently published ~17 hours of training videos for Enterprise Search on TechNet. The 14 recorded presentations are based on training modules from a three-day, in-person training course ‘Implementing and Deploying an Enterprise Search solution’. The presentations provide details about...
  • Blog Post: SQL Monitoring and I/O

    Hello again, the interest in the existing posts is starting to climb. As always feel free to post comments or questions to any of the posts and I will either answer your questions directly or add them as topics for the next set of posts. This week I wanted to call out some information around monitoring...
  • Blog Post: Search Relevance Tuning

    Changing the advanced relevance settings for Search Server 2008 and SharePoint Server 2007 (such as the global ranking parameters, property weights and property length normalization) isn't something that you'll want to do without a lot of thought, planning and testing. And in the vast majority of cases...
  • Blog Post: Crawling Novell Netware with SharePoint Server 2007 and Search Server 2008

    Search in SharePoint Server 2007 and Search Server 2008 can crawl a variety of content sources. For several of the “out of the box” content sources security information in the form of ACLs are collected as part of the indexing process.  At query time, search results are trimmed based...
  • Blog Post: Creating crawl schedules and starvation - How to detect it and minimize it.

    Hello again, Dan Blood here.  For this post I want to discuss starvation as it relates to the Search crawler.  One of the more difficult tasks that the Search admin is going to face is figuring out how to build out the myriad of crawl schedules needed to keep your content freshly indexed. ...
  • Blog Post: SearchBeta Hardware Configuration

    Hello again, Dan Blood here.  As I layout some of the lessons I have learned hosting SearchBeta  I thought it would be beneficial to let you all know what kind of hardware I am using to support this environment.  Be aware that I am not using the most optimal hardware for the task and in...
  • Blog Post: Scale and performance lessons learned from a live deployment

    My name is Dan Blood, I am a senior tester working in the product group that is responsible for Search within MOSS and MSS.  One of my responsibilities is maintaining a mirror, SearchBeta,  of the enterprise search solution that all of Microsoft uses.  This mirror indexes approximately...
  • Blog Post: New hotfix package for Lotus Notes Protocol Handler

    If you're working with searching Lotus Notes with SharePoint Server 2007 or Search Server 2008, you may have hit one of the following problems: "You configure SharePoint Server 2007 to crawl a Lotus Notes content source. In the Manage Content Sources page, you add a new content source by specifying...
  • Blog Post: Search Server Express Heroes - Tell Your Story!

    Search Server 2008 Express has only been available for a month now , and we have already been hearing stories from customers about how it has helped them deliver value to their organization -- in many cases in unexpected ways that became a great hero opportunity for IT.  We would really like to...
  • Blog Post: Search Community Toolkit

    Last week at the SharePoint Conference we announced the Search Community Toolkit which is a set of tools, utilities and samples available from CodePlex to extend and enhance the search features in SharePoint Server 2007, SharePoint Server 2007 for Search and the recently announced Search Server and Search...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Filter Pack Released to Web

    Just before the holidays we released a filter pack to the download center that add's support for new Microsoft Office and ZIP file types for several applications that include Microsoft search functionality. The pack includes IFilters for the following formats: .docx, .docm, .pptx, .pptm, .xlsx, .xlsm...
  • Blog Post: Search Server Documentation on MSDN

    If you're interested in learning more about the federation features in Search Server Express then head on over to MSDN and check out these articles; Federated Search Overview Architecture Guidance for Building Federated Search Connectors Federated Search Connector Sample (for federating to SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: How to troubleshoot MOSS 2007 Protocol Handler for Lotus Notes and other tips/tricks. Part 3 of 3

    Important Hotfixes Install http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937203 and then this one, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937208 After installing the hotfixes please don’t forget to do this step; Run the "SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard." To do this, click Start ,...
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