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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: 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: SharePoint Search *Quirks: Adding Content Sources

    I recently encountered a scenario in which adding SharePoint Search content sources of various types demonstrated different behaviors depending on the particular order and the particular type of content source being added. Initially, the behaviors looked unintentional, but after further research and...
  • 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: SP2010: Removing/Re-joining Server to a Farm Can Break Search

    Removing or re-joining a SharePoint Server that hosts a Search component will typically break the Search Topology and lead to an inconsistency between the ServerID being referenced by the applicable Search component(s) and the SharePoint farm Configuration object for the applicable server. Translation...
  • 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: Troubleshooting App Management WCF Endpoint Failures

    I was recently setting up federated search for SharePoint 2013 using Result Sources to a Remote SharePoint farm. That has already been extremely well documented by Steve Peschka , but did want to dive into the following error with the App Management service that I encountered along the way because it...
  • 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: 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: 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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