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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
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
SharePoint Search *Quirks: Query Variables
In several forums, emails, and discussions, I keep seeing this recurring question, " How can I limit results to a specific library [in this site collection]? " Turns out, this was more difficult than I originally thought …until I found mention of the escape character "\" (essentially as a side...
31 Jul 2014
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...
8 Jul 2014
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: 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 ...
9 Dec 2013
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...
15 Jul 2013
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...
27 May 2013
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...
20 Feb 2013
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...
16 Jul 2012
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...
29 Jun 2012
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