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  • Blog Post: Announcing the Search Health Reports (SRx) for SharePoint Search Diagnostics

    Brought to you by SearchEngineers@microsoft.com , the Search Health Reports (SRx) is a PowerShell-driven tool for surfacing complex diagnostics for SharePoint Search through new multifaceted reports. The SRx includes a battery of tests that leverage a customized SSA object extended with contextual data...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Search Topology Limits Clarified for the Crawl Component

    As more environments begin scaling out to the documented limits for Search, a common question tends to get asked... "Does the Crawl Component count against the 64 component limit?" The short answer is... no, the Crawl Component does not count against the 64 component limit , and the documentation stating...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell: Getting Link Counts per Host Domain

    Let's consider this throwback Thursday. A couple of years ago, I posted this " PowerShell to Rebalance Crawl Store DBs in SP2013 ". As a side note, I mentioned the following PowerShell to leverage the CrawlLog object for viewing some Crawl Store level statistics about crawled documents, such as the ...
  • Blog Post: SP2013 Crawling *Explained: Enumeration/Discovery (Part 3a)

    With VerboseEx logging enabled, the crawl of a single item (or interchangeably, a "document") can generate more than 6000 ULS events , at times making troubleshooting a particular document analogous to finding the needle in the haystack. In this series of posts, I first described the high level orchestration...
  • 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: The Upcoming Cloud SSA and Next Generation Hybrid Search: Initial Thoughts

    At the Microsoft Ignite Conference last week, we got our first look at the upcoming SharePoint Cloud Search Service Application (Cloud SSA) , which enables on premise environments to push content to a Search Index running in SharePoint Online (SPO). And with it coming to SharePoint 2013 by the end of...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: SP2013 Crawling *Explained: Orchestration (Part 1)

    With VerboseEx logging enabled, the crawl of a single item (or interchangeably, a "document") can generate more than 6000 ULS events , at times making troubleshooting a particular document analogous to finding the needle in the haystack. In this series of posts, I hope to help your troubleshooting efforts...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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

    Update: I've started a new series for explaining crawls in the context of SharePoint 2013 . For the actual crawl component itself, much of the process is the same as described here and follows a very similar flow up to and down the branch for " For FAST Search for SP2010 " described below. Being said...
  • Blog Post: 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...
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