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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
After playing for a while with SharePoint 2013 Search, I thought we were out of the woods regarding crawls of the non-Default Alternate Access Mapping (AAM) zone for a SharePoint Web Application. This caused all sorts of problems in earlier versions of SharePoint (primarily busted contextual scopes,...
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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