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  • Blog Post: SP2013 - Adding a new claim type encoding and its impact on Search

    Hi Search Enthusiasts A quick heads up on some consequences on using custom claim type in SP2013. There is an impact on Search when you had a new Claim Type encoding in SP2013 using the following cmdlet New-SPClaimTypeEncoding https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219605.aspx ...
  • Blog Post: SP2013 - Querying a document based on its Item ID

    Hi Search Enthusiasts ! For troubleshooting purpose, you might want to look at the MPs of a specific document or list item. First you need to identify the internal document id also called the Item ID in the Crawl Log (CA UI). Once you have the id you're looking for, you may use the Search...
  • Blog Post: SP2013 - Crawler is unable to crawl some file share directories.

    Hi Search Enthusiasts ! Today I would like to share a SP2013 crawl issue one of my customers faced a while back. A File Share content source was set up in the Search Service Application but everytime a full crawl completes the crawl log was showing that no documents were sucessfully indexed. ...
  • Blog Post: SP2013 - Enable WCF tracing on the Search Admin Web Service (SearchAdmin.svc)

    Hi Search Enthusiasts ! Today I will show you how to enable a WCF tracing on the Search Admin Web Service. When defining your SSA, you are asked to create two application pools : one for the Search Admin Web Service (SearchAdmin.svc) and one pool for the Search Query and Site Settings (SearchService...
  • Blog Post: SP2013 - Get Query Suggestions to work with your custom result source in the Search Center.

    Hi Search Enthusiasts ! As a reminder about what Query Suggestions are in SP2013 Search: Query suggestions help users find information quickly by showing queries that might be similar to the one they're typing. For example, as users start to type "sales", they may be able to pick common sales-related...
  • Blog Post: SP2013 - How to determine the id of your Result Source for setting the SourceId query parameter ?

    Hi Search Enthusiasts ! One question I had the other day was how to determine the id of a Result Source so it could be set in the SourceId query parameter. https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/microsoft.office.server.search.query.query.sourceid.aspx Specifies the identifier (ID) of...
  • Blog Post: SP2013 - Configure search to use PDF iFilter

    Hi Search Enthusiasts Just a quick post on a new feature in SP2013 Search. July CU 2014 introduces the ability to use an external PDF iFilter instead of the built-in handler in SP2013 Search. 1 . Install July 2014 CU : KB 2882989 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2882989 2 . On every server that...
  • Blog Post: SP2013 - Hybrid Search Topology

    Hi Search Enthusiasts Hybrid Search scenario is one of the major steps in integrating your SPO and OnPrem SP2013 environments. I just wanted to list down the phases and documentation links that are relevant in setting an Hybrid Search Topology. The set up process is lengthy hence it is important...
  • Blog Post: FAST ESP 5.x - Converting Clarity SearchStatus into CSVs.

    Hi Clarity is a great tool for monitoring ESP either through the UI or requesting the supporting data as xml. The below script download clarity status in xml and update some .CSV files. The output files are pretty explanative to what they relate to. Disclaimer : THE LICENSED SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED...
  • Blog Post: SP2013 - How to influence the Language detection at the document/item level

    Hi Search Enthusiasts Today I'd like to demonstrate a small workaround for language detection issues in SP2013. Why document language is important ? The language is at the center to any linguistics features in SP2013: Tokenization (wordbreaking), Stemming (lemmatization), Fuzzy Name matching...
  • Blog Post: SP2013 - How to better balance your Distributed File System (DFS) crawl

    Hi Search Enthusiasts I came across one problematic when crawling a Distributed File System split across multiple physical locations but grouped under one DFS share. The main DFS share was set to \\contoso.com where underneath the content was split per region/location For instance \\contoso...
  • Blog Post: FAST ESP 5.x - Indexer and Large Addresses Awareness

    Hi Search Enthusiasts I wanted to share an important update that has been made in indexer for Win32 platform. As you might know, 32-bit process don't address more than 2 GB of Memory by default on Windows platform. To allow them to go all the way to 4GB (usually when hosted on a 64-bit OS), you...
  • Blog Post: SP2013 - Removing the "Nothing here matches your search" for good.

    Hi Search Enthusiasts Today I had to customize my SP2013 Search Center to remove the beloved following message This message is specially annoying when having multiple Search Results potentially pulling results from multiple sources. Some might hit some not. As I was already playing around...
  • Blog Post: SP2013 - Changing the default group template in Search Results WP (GroupTemplateId)

    Hi Search E nthusiasts I came across the need to change the default group template, for a specific Search Result Web Part. I have configured my search center with the default layout -all in one column-. Upon certain Query rules, I may encounter results including Best Bets, Result Blocks and...
  • Blog Post: FS4SP - Updates

    Hi FAST'ers ! Just a quickie to remind everyone that there is one wiki page out there listing all updates regarding FS4SP: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/2796.fast-search-for-sharepoint-cumulative-updates.aspx The page has been updated last week to reflect the...
  • Blog Post: FS4SP - Document Signature Customization

    In this post I'll describe how to customize the document signature in FAST Search for SP2010. The documentsignature is the MP (integer) that we use to de-duplicate results (also known as collapsing). It is a SHA-256 generated integer. Get-FASTSearchMetadataManagedProperty -Name documentsignature...
  • Blog Post: FS4SP - Creating a Search Vertical in your Search Center

    The default Fast Search Server for SharePoint 2010 (FS4SP) comes with 2 verticals out of the box : All Sites and People . One may want to add further verticals to refine results for a type of contents (videos, feeds) or create a regionalized vertical (selecting documents with a sub or specific department...
  • Blog Post: FS4SP - Using the Windows Search connector

    Hello World of Search Just a quickie today about a very useful feature in 2010: search your SharePoint content from your desktop machine (through the FAST provider). Go to your favorite FAST Search Center. Issue a test query to end up in the results page. Locate and hit the icon as...
  • Blog Post: FAST ESP 5.x - fsearch maxmemusage clarification

    Context : FAST ESP 5.x Architecture If your fsearch process fails to start with the below error: Loading attribute vectors will exceed maximum memory usage, set to 1887436800 B (1800.00 MB). fsearch will not load this index. Please reduce index size or number of navigator fields and sortable fields...
  • Blog Post: Hello World SharePoint 2013 !

    As you have seen already Search in SharePoint 2013 Preview has been released. Check out the page : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj163951(v=office.15).aspx for more details. There are plenty of new things for developers like Query Web Service deprecation, REST support, SQL syntax support...
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