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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...
4 Dec 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
Case Sensitivity and Duplicate URLs Getting Crawled
I've seen several scenarios where a single document gets crawled twice and leads to duplicate results for this particular item – two entries in the Crawl Log with the same display URL, but with different Doc IDs. This isn't the typical scenario where multiple very similar documents get calculated...
2 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
Shameless Self-Promotion: Presenting at SPC14
Coming to SharePoint Conference 2014? Then I invite you to come see Jon Waite and I present on Wednesday, March 5: How to manage and troubleshoot Search: A practical guide In this, we plan to be light on slides and heavy on live demos to troubleshoot hung crawls, identify feeding errors, and...
6 Feb 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: 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
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
SP2010: Troubleshooting ServerID Mismatch (Deleting Components)
In a another post , I described a scenario where removing/re-joining a SharePoint Server that hosts a Search component will lead to an inconsistency in the ServerID being referenced by the applicable Search component(s) and the SharePoint farm Configuration object for the applicable server. If you identify...
19 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
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
SharePoint 2010: Crawl process is stuck after SQL Server runs out of disk space
Maybe this is cheating in terms of a blog post, but I wrote the bulk of this Support KB and wanted to share in as many ways as I could... SharePoint 2010: Crawl process is stuck after SQL Server runs out of disk space http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2691203 Consider the following scenario: You...
2 Nov 2012
Troubleshooting the SSP Search Indexer for MOSS 2007
It's time to set aside my SharePoint 2013 farm and get into the way-back machine to troubleshoot the Indexer for MOSS SharePoint 2007 Shared Services Provider (SSP)... (As I mentioned in a previous post on Search Terminology, I try avoiding the term "Indexer" because it has a muddied connotation in...
10 Sep 2012
Troubleshooting SharePoint 2010 Web Analytics
Web Analytics reports are pre -built reports in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 that use usage data to analyze various aspects of sites and site collections. But when things break down, it’s not always obvious how to troubleshoot the various moving pieces. The following steps should help you find...
16 Mar 2012
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