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  • Blog Post: Crushing the 1-million-item-limit myth with .NET Search Connector [BDC]

    Ever heard the one about not being able to crawl more than a million or two rows from a single source using SharePoint Business Connectivity Services (BCS)? In this post, I plan to dispel this myth and instead show that large crawls tend to fall over because of overly large enumerations . I then provide...
  • Blog Post: Problems Crawling the non-Default zone *Explained

    In a nutshell, there is an undocumented assumption baked into SharePoint Search that the Default Public URL of a Web Application will be crawled . If you want everything to work auto-magically, crawl the Web Application's Public URL for the Default zone (*Note: the crawler requires Windows Authentication...
  • Blog Post: Cheat Sheet: Finding the *real Crawl State

    Ever had a Crawl seeming stuck Starting , Stopping , Pausing , or even Crawling and thought... hmm, now what? Well, part of the problem is that only part of the Crawl state is shown in either the UI or PowerShell . Crawls actually have a sub-status as well the status shown in the UI that tells you...
  • Blog Post: From SPC14: “Troubleshoot Search” session (spc375)

    Wow! I wanted to send a huge thank you to the >500 folks that attended our session today and for the very gracious feedback. Here is a link to our session on Channel9: How to manage and troubleshoot Search: A practical guide (SPC375) http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/SharePoint-Conference/2014/SPC375...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Search and Deadlocks in SQL Server

    Deadlocks reported in the Search databases, particularly the Crawl Store database (which manages the state of each crawled item and by is very I/O intensive), are not abnormal and can occur based on the concurrent and asynchronous nature of the Crawl processing (For additional information on the crawling...
  • Blog Post: SP2010: Search Query Load Balancing *Explained (part 2)

    In part 1 , I described the load balancing that occurs among Query Components (e.g. SSA load balancing ). In this post, I'm expanding the focus to the load balancing involved when there are multiple instances of the SQ&SS (e.g. Farm level load balancing ) and from this, begin to explain why the ...
  • Blog Post: AAMs *Explained : Redux (and Presentation)

    I recently gave a talk around AAMs and wanted to post my slides here (attached below as AAMExplained.xps). This post is intended to complement my previous post on AAMs , but these slides go a little further by starting to explore the impacts to crawls and URL-based properties in the index (these slides...
  • Blog Post: SP2010: Search Query Load Balancing *Explained (part 1)

    Seemingly “sporadic” query problems are often just straightforward failures being masked by the three levels of load balancing involved with a SharePoint 2010 Search Query. My goal here is to help unravel all the moving pieces by first illustrating a base case and then expanding out a component...
  • Blog Post: Why Host Distribution Rules Don't Apply to SharePoint 2013

    After reading my post to rebalance Crawl Stores in SharePoint 2013, several people have since reached out to ask something such as the following: I wanted to consult with you about rebalancing Crawl Store databases. Basically, I have a customer looking for a way to dedicate crawl resources for a specific...
  • Blog Post: Alternate Access Mappings (AAMs) *Explained

    Based on many of the support cases that I've seen, Alternate Access Mappings (AAM) may be one of the least understood aspects of SharePoint and can have substantial impact on Search (both Crawl and Query). In this post, I'll document some of my experiences and insights on AAMs. Note: " Plan alternate...
  • Blog Post: SP2010 Search *Explained: Crawling

    In broad terms, SharePoint Search is comprised of three main functional process components: Crawling (Gathering) : Collecting content to be processed Indexing : Organizing the processed content into a structured/searchable index Query Processing : Retrieving a relevant result set relative...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2013 - Initial take on changes to Search

    It's like Christmas in July - I'm currently waiting for my download of SharePoint Server 2013 and can't wait to play for the first time! I don't have a lot to talk about yet, but a ton of official slide decks can be found at SharePoint 2013: Presentation: IT pro training ( http://www.microsoft.com/en...
  • Blog Post: SP2010 Search *Explained: Concepts and Terminology

    In broad terms, SharePoint Search is comprised of three main functional process components: Crawling (Gathering) : Collecting content to be processed Indexing : Organizing the processed content into a structured/searchable index Query Processing : Retrieving a relevant result set relative...
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