SharePoint 2013: Search test site for your local environment

Quote by me (on a typical day when I work with search): “No, I do not care about versioning or annoying security right now! Please get out of my face! ARGH! I just want to search stuff! My stuff! Get those annoying tasks or whatever out of my way, please!”. Whenever I need to test a…


SharePoint 2013: Crawl status live monitoring

Whenever I set up a new content source in SharePoint 2013 search, or when I change the processing in the Content Enrichment Web Service I need to monitor the progress of the crawl.Typically I need to: Check if I get any warnings or errors Check if the Documents Per Second (DPS) / throughput was affected…

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SharePoint 2013: What happens when you index an XML file?

I have seen this question several times. How does SharePoint 2013 handle XML files out of the box? The simplest way to find out is to just test it! I decided to test using the standard books.xml example file found on MSDN. This is a single file with multiple books in it. I split this…

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What is the average size of an office document?

To estimate the size of a search installation we need to ask customers a couple of questions. For example we need to know the total number of documents and how big the current corpus is. Usually customers are only able to give us reliable answers on the ‘how many’ part of the question. The big…

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Tutorial: Render images in search results with FAST Search for SharePoint 2010

This walkthrough explains how to include preview images in search results in FAST Search for SharePoint 2010 (FS4SP). By default FS4SP will show image previews for content coming from a SharePoint picture library. If your images come from any other source they are simply listed as any other content. We can render content in any…

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Indexing images with FAST Search for SharePoint 2010

Most large scale intranet projects will include some sort of image files in the search index. Image search is a common customer requirement, but in my experience people don’t know what to expect from image search. Some people seem to think that just searching for the image name is good enough. Others have unrealistic expectation about…

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