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SP2013: Using Get-SPIndexReports to Troubleshoot Failed Master Merge
Ever had an SP2013 Index Component report a yellow exclamation point ( ) to indicate a "degraded index component" and then wondered what that really meant? From my experience, these almost always either tied to an underlying disk problem and/or some external software interfering with the component (most...
8 Jul 2015
MS Ignite “Effective Search Deployment” Session References (BRK3176)
Thank you everyone that came by to talk about our favorite subject... Search. We are incredibly grateful for the number of folks that added us to their schedule, and we hope you came away learning something new. If your company or organization has a Premier Support contract and you need to engage...
5 May 2015
PowerShell to Deploy an SSA Across Multiple Servers (v2.0)
A few years back, I published a PowerShell script to deploy a SharePoint Search Service Application across multiple servers, but it admittedly had a few quirks in regards to Index path location… until now. Below, I’ve attached the new/updated version 2.0 of the deploy script (and will...
4 May 2015
Another Shameless Self-Promotion: Presenting at Microsoft Ignite 2015
Coming to Microsoft Ignite next week? Then I invite you to come see Kristopher Loranger and I present on Tuesday, May 5: Effective Search Deployment and Operations in SharePoint Server 2013 We'll be covering some architecture best practices, detailed look at query flows and the indexer...
28 Apr 2015
The most important Timer Job for Search you may not know exists
What comes to mind when I say "Application Server Administration Services" timer job? Based on the name alone, Search is probably the last answer - it was for me... until I learned just how important this timer job is to Search. Having failures during a topology change? Go check this timer job. Master...
22 Apr 2015
Examples Using SP2013 Search Index health reports for monitoring and troubleshooting
Update: The newest version of the Search Index Health Reports script can be found on the TechNet Script Center ( Get-SPIndexReports ) and a new example using Get-SPIndexReports to Troubleshoot Failed Master Merge has been posted, too. ---------- Ever had an SP2013 Index Component report a yellow...
15 Apr 2015
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...
5 Mar 2014
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...
8 Jul 2013
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...
29 Jan 2013
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...
28 Jan 2013
Deploying SharePoint 2013 SSA Across Multiple Servers Using PowerShell
Update (5-May-2015) I posted a new version of this script at this link below: new script here >> PowerShell to Deploy an SSA Across Multiple Servers (v2.0) ---- Everything else below should be considered out of date ----- Update: Since the release of SharePoint 2013 RTM, I've made some...
24 Aug 2012
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