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  • 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: 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: 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...
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