Announcing Hybrid Search availability for Office 365 Government community cloud (GCC) & Office 365 operated by 21Vianet

Hybrid search has been widely adopted by SharePoint Online customers. Hybrid search makes finding content easy, wherever the content lives be it in On-premises SharePoint or in SharePoint Online. You can read more about the configuration of cloud Search service application here. Office365 customers had been leveraging the benefits of this service for some time, however…

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Announcing Extended Word breaking capabilities for Search in SharePoint Online

In an endeavor to improve the SharePoint Online search experience, engineering has released two new managed property settings: Language Neutral Tokenization and Finer Query Tokenization. These are available as two checkboxes when you create any new managed property, or when you edit a custom managed property. You won’t see these checkboxes when you edit any…

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Configuring Hybrid Self-Service Site Creation

  Deploying and initial configuration of hybrid self-service site creation is done by using the hybrid picker in the SharePoint Online admin center, select at least the “Hybrid Self-Service site creation” , input the web application farm and complete the Hybrid Picker execution. Then, in on premises central admin you will also see a top…


Restrict disabled users from showing up in SharePoint Online search results

An interesting ask came up the other day , “Is there a possibility to restrict disabled users from showing up in SharePoint Online search results” Thanks to our friend Sridhar Narra who  shared some great insights to the solution. To achieve these we need to make few changes to On-Premise Active Directory. 1.Set  msExchHideFromAddressLists property…

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Considerations when deploying SharePoint & Office365 Hybrid workloads in a farm utilizing Provider hosted add-ins or workflow manager

Updated with Remediation Script and KB Article references – 17th January 2017 This article is written with Thanks and accreditation to Nico Martens who first raised this issue and worked with Microsoft to validate his solution, outlined here . The original post highlighted an issue with Cloud Hybrid Search however this affects all Hybrid workloads…

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Ports and Protocols requirement for the Hybrid Cloud Search Service Application

In response to a number of requests for this information we are posting the Ports and Protocols requirements for the Cloud Search Service Application. Generally we assume outbound internet access is granted to all network resources but of course this is not always true and rarely true for server based applications in corporate datacenters. The…


Hybrid Configuration Wizard

As the next part of the Hybrid Blog Series we are introducing a frequently asked for automation script. This script will configure On Premises SharePoint 2013 with Office 365 SharePoint Online to enable hybrid search query federation. This script and blog article are for use in configuring an outbound search hybrid experience between SharePoint 2013…

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SharePoint Server 2016 : Zero downtime patching walkthrough

Myself, Bob Fox, Karl Reigel recently recorded a video to provide some advice and guidance around Zero Downtime Patching and how it shifts the equation for SharePoint Server Farm admins in SharePoint Server 2016. I am pleased to say that thanks to our awesome reviewers and the great team of content writers at Microsoft we…


Free eBook : Configuring Microsoft SharePoint Hybrid Capabilities

We are pleased to announce the availability of our eBook on Configuring Microsoft SharePoint Hybrid Capabilities. Authors: Neil Hodgkinson (MSFT), Manas Biswas (MSFT)  and Jeremy Taylor (MVP) The book in PDF format can be downloaded here : https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/microsoft_press/2016/07/06/free-ebook-configuring-microsoft-sharepoint-hybrid-capabilities/ Mobile and e-Reader versions are to follow.