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  • Blog Post: SharePoint Search 2010 in a Small Scale Farm - Hardware

    Hello, my name is Hernando Silva and, as some of you might know from Dan's previous posts , for the last year I participated in the planning, deployment and management of the SharePoint 2010 Search service at a small scale. In this post I will begin to introduce you to our Divisional (a.k.a...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Search 'Dogfood' Part 3 - Query Performance Optimization

    Hello again and welcome to the SharePoint Server 2010 Search series of blog postings dedicated to detailing the lessons I have learned in the process of hosting our dogfood system. In this posting I will be talk about the high level concepts utilized to optimize query performance. For reference and a...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Search 'Dogfood' Part 2 - Query Health Reports

    One of my favorite features of SharePoint Server 2010 Search is the health reporting that we added. With the query health reports you can very easily see what is going on with end user query latencies as well as pinpoint were the time is getting spent. The capacity planning document talks about a lot...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Search 'Dogfood' Part 1 - Hardware

    Hello again, Dan Blood here. To layout the lessons I've learned in hosting Search 2010 I will provide you with a full picture of what the hardware behind SearchBeta looks like. Be aware that the hardware is a little underpowered for the count of items in the index. As such you should not take the hardware...
  • Blog Post: Server Name Mapping and Alternate Access Mapping (AAM)

    Alternate Access Mapping (AAM) and Server Name Mapping are two features SharePoint provides to alter the URLs returned in search results - a common practice used by many companies for their internal and external users. Both features are available in both the out of the box search in SharePoint 2010 and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2008 Information Access Magic Quadrant

    We’ve got great news to share! Last month, Gartner published the 2008 Magic Quadrant for Information Access Technology, and Microsoft was positioned in the Leaders Quadrant. Since the completion of the acquisition, we’ve worked incredibly hard to communicate and demonstrate a combined vision and strategy...
  • 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: 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: Announcing: SharePoint Web Parts for FAST ESP

    It’s been around 45 days since the acquisition of FAST Search and Transfer closed and we’re moving quickly to provide interoperability for Microsoft customers between FAST ESP and Microsoft SharePoint Server. The first deliverables from this work are a set of FAST ESP Search Web Parts for quickly...
  • 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: Introducing Protocol Handler.NET

    "Protocol Handler.Net is a set of .Net wrappers for the protocol handler interfaces that enable developers to create and deploy protocol handlers for SharePoint search and Search Server.  Developers can index data and documents from any system they can connect to. Much of the complexity and...
  • 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: Understanding Total Hits & Paging in the MOSS 2007 Search API

    One of the more discussed topics I’ve seen (and struggled with myself) is around the concept of obtaining the total number of hits in a search results when working with the MOSS API. For instance, when I search for “sales forecast” in my SharePoint site, I want to not only see a set...
  • 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: 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...
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