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  • Blog Post: SP2013: Understanding storage locations for files gathered by the Crawl Component

    When gathering files from a content source, the SharePoint 2013 Crawl Component can be very I/O intensive process – locally writing all of the files it gathers from content repositories to its to temporary file paths and having them read by the Content Processing Component during document parsing...
  • 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: Case Sensitivity and Duplicate URLs Getting Crawled

    I've seen several scenarios where a single document gets crawled twice and leads to duplicate results for this particular item – two entries in the Crawl Log with the same display URL, but with different Doc IDs. This isn't the typical scenario where multiple very similar documents get calculated...
  • 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: 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: 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: Beware crawling the non-Default zone for a SharePoint 2013 Web Application

    Update: I've now published another post " Problems Crawling the non-Default zone *Explained " that goes on to explain the underlying behaviors that I warned about and described in this post... --------------------------------------- After playing for a while with SharePoint 2013 Search, I thought...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell to Rebalance Crawl Store DBs in SP2013

    In SharePoint 2013, simply adding a new Crawl Store DB doesn't cause the SSA to rebalance links among stores, and admins are unable to manually trigger a rebalancing process until the standard deviation of links in all existing Crawl Stores exceeds the threshold defined by the SSA property CrawlStoreImbalanceThreshold...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010: Crawl process is stuck after SQL Server runs out of disk space

    Maybe this is cheating in terms of a blog post, but I wrote the bulk of this Support KB and wanted to share in as many ways as I could... SharePoint 2010: Crawl process is stuck after SQL Server runs out of disk space http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2691203 Consider the following scenario: You...
  • 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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