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  • Blog Post: PDF iFilter Battle, second round

    If you still remember the last round of our PDF iFilter battle, FoxIT won it. Now in this round, we bring in another challenger: TET PDF iFIlter . It is also avaliable on x86 and x64, free for non-commercial desktop use, will need a license for Server installation. So here's the new result for file set...
  • Blog Post: PDF iFilter Battle! FoxIT vs.. Adobe, 64bit version

    After so long a time Adobe finally released its 64bit version of PDF iFilter! http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4025 “In response to customer requests, Adobe is releasing Adobe PDF iFilter 9 for 64-bit platforms, which will allow searching PDF files on Microsoft® Windows® 64-bit...
  • Blog Post: Search Suggestions in IE8 with SharePoint/Search Server

    IE8 Beta 2 has been there for a while. Although it is not supported to use together with SharePoint products yet (there’s no chance to support a beta product), you can still try it out. There’re couple of new features introduced like WebSlices, Accelerators and Search Suggestions. Search Suggestions...
  • Blog Post: “Evil” way to federate search results through a password protected proxy

    In real world environment, people sometimes use password protected proxy to make company employees to access the Internet. Most of the time, that is a basic authentication. So in this kind of environment, the federated search webpart of Microsoft Search Server 2008 will not work out-of-the-box because...
  • Blog Post: What may happen when I crawl MILLIONS of files in MOSS/MSS? Part II - Why I need X64 instead of X86?

    In last post of this series we talked about the crawl time and and CPU usage. This time we will talk about process memory usage and x86/x64 issue. Many customers asked me questions about x86/x64 comparison. Most of them consider x64 would be a benefit, but they don't know what kind of benefit it really...
  • Blog Post: Index FTP content with SharePoint 2007/Search Server 2008

    Question: Can SharePoint 2007/Search Server 2008 index and search ftp? Answer: OOTB you cannot. But we have a FTP protocol handler in SharePoint 2001 ResKit, and that one can be used on SharePoint 2007 or Search Server 2008. Important Notice: This approach is NOT supported by Microsoft. It is just...
  • Blog Post: Search Community Toolkit on Codeplex

    http://www.codeplex.com/sct Richard Riley (3x to your xbox racing wheel:)) announced the new Community Toolkit project on Codeplex, which gives you a list of opensource enhancement for Search Server 2008 and SharePoint 2007. http://blogs.msdn.com/enterprisesearch/archive/2008/03/12/search-community-toolkit...
  • Blog Post: Smart Search for SharePoint v1.2

    Many many thanks to Shawn Feldman! Quote from him: "I was having a few issues getting smart search installed and granting it the right permissions to access the db (I’m running a multi account environment) so I put it in a feature, Gac’d it, and added SPSecurity.RunWithElevated for whenever...
  • Blog Post: Build Custom Federated Search Connector in Microsoft Search Server (and SharePoint) - Solve Problems and Extend Your Ideas

    I assume the read of this article understand what is federated search. So we already know that in order to use Federated Search webpart in Search Server, you need to provide a RSS feed to it, which can also be called "OpenSearch" stuff. But, not every application you search will return this...
  • Blog Post: Okay...Here comes Smart Search bug fix and installation guide...

    It's my fault to ignore it for so long a time. It is not written by me originally, but by a colleague of mine, Gang Chen. But he asked me to do a favor to create a project on codeplex, so now it is maintained by me. http://www.codeplex.com/smartsearch And finally, I fixed the foolish bug and replaced...
  • Blog Post: Try Microsoft Search Server Express for Federated Search

    I just installed a Search Server Express on my public box, so everyone can try it just by several clicks! If you don't have the time to install one for yourself, now it's your chance to get your hands on it.   Play with default interface: http://www.mssearch.cn:5000/Search/default.aspx Example:...
  • Blog Post: Next steps of SharePoint Search Enhancement, and...

    I was collecting feedbacks from many people these days about the enhancement we did for SharePoint Search in China. Good feedback, bad feedback, that's okay. I just put the whole list here: Search As You Type, SAYT: The live search feel for your SharePoint search box. TODO: Check if there's any...
  • Blog Post: Dealing with custom content source in SharePoint Search

    By default, SharePoint 2007 family (MOSS/MSS) supports the following content sources: Web sites, SharePoint Sites (WSS/SharePoint Server), Exchange Public Folders(through OWA), File Shares, Lotus Notes databases on Domino Server. Through BDC and user profiles/My sites, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Search Admin v.06: Support 250K Lotus Notes Databases Now

    http://www.codeplex.com/searchadmin We all know that SharePoint 2007 and Microsoft Search Server 2008 support Lotus Notes content source. So we can index the databases on Domino Servers. Y-E-S. But there ARE some issue you may face in the real world. The original idea of SharePoint Search Admin (or MOSS...
  • Blog Post: Faceted Search 2.0 for SharePoint/Search Server

    Leonid Lyublinski released his second major version of Faceted Search today, this is a great tool that can instantly improve your SharePoint Server/Search Server user experience! It provide the following benefits: Grouping search results by facet Displaying a total number of hits per facet value Refining...
  • Blog Post: No more MOSS or SPS, only SharePoint Server

    THE BOSS said: MOSS should not be called MOSS, it should only be refered as Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, or SharePoint Server for short. It's really strange and hard to change my habit for typing MOSS and SPS. I think this change may be good for newbies to sharepoint -- they don't know what's...
  • Blog Post: What may happen when I crawl MILLIONS of files in MOSS/MSS? Part I

    1. On MOSS box, CPU usage seems very high for several hours. Target system may also suffer from low performance. This will happen in several situation, especially after you changed crawl impact rules. By default, MOSS/MSS will request for 8 files at one time for a single server, you can change it to...
  • Blog Post: Search as you type!

    http://www.codeplex.com/SearchAsYouType This is written by my colleague Aleck. It is a "livesearch" experience on SharePoint based products, for example MSS and MOSS. It hacks the search keyword webpart with javascript code, and when you type something in it, a reference list will show in a AJAX listbox...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Batch Query Test Tool

    http://www.codeplex.com/batchquery When I was testing the new wordbreaker provided by Hylanda, they gave me a keyword library which had 100,000+ keywords. Each of them needed to be queried, and the results needed to be saved. After some sorting/removing garbage work, there were still 18,000+ keywords...
  • Blog Post: Improve User Experience in Enterprise Search Step By Step - Part IV - Relevancy Tuning by WordBreaker

    We have been talking about XSL/XML for so long a time. Now we want to give relevancy a shot. Hey, relevancy? Yes, relevancy. Relevancy is the most important thing for a search engine, more important than the page numbers it crawled, more important than the result update interval in most of the case ...
  • Blog Post: Federated Location Definition Files Collection for MSS

    I just put some of my work here: http://cid-8007edf5c56fc334.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Microsoft%20Search%20Server You can download and import these FLDs into your Microsoft Search Server installation. Some of them are not polished, and others maybe used to show special effects. Later I will...
  • Blog Post: Improve User Experience in Enterprise Search Step By Step - Part III

    In the last two part we discussed XSLT change in core search result webpart of SharePoint/Microsoft Search Server. Now some of us are facing another challenge: How to add your custom properties to the result? Imagine the following scenario: In a bicycle factory, you have a product database table, which...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express RC go live!

    If you are interesting in Enterprise Search, now it is your chance to give a test drive on your own box! After several months' work, we launched Microsoft Search Server Express to the public:). Download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/enterprisesearch One of the most important enhancement over MOSSfS...
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