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Best used when *strategy* breaks down... (blog by Brian Pendergrass, Microsoft SharePoint - Premier Field Engineer)

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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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