Why do I see ETL Log files showing up on my Exchange 2013 servers post CU6?

Starting with Exchange 2013 CU6, you may notice that the search service may take some additional log file space.  This is because of some changes that Microsoft made where log files are written to the disk in the case of a search issue. These log paths are located at: C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V15\Bin\Search\Ceres\Diagnostics\logfile C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V15\Bin\Search\Ceres\Diagnostics\ETLTraces…


Exchange Search trouble shooting Guide Exchange 2010

There have been many requests for the full trouble shooting steps for Exchange 2010 search and at what point should you add more servers to your environment to help deal with the search load.  Here are the steps that we typically do when we receive a support call. Please note that with OWA, Outlook online…


Exchange 2010 SP1+ Search limitations

Have you ever wondered why your very large complex search query is failing to produce results?  This could possibly be because your search query is too long.  A good rule of thumb is to stay under 256 characters when you write you complex search query and whenever possible, keep the query simple!  A good example…


Why are My Content Indexes Not Building in Exchange 2007 SP3/2010?

There are several things that can cause indexes not to build on Exchange 2007 SP3/ Exchange 2010  databases. The most prominent one is the CRL verification within .NET.  We are finding that the steps listed in the KB 2469863(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2469863) do not always correct the issue due to an internal proxy setup on the server.  If you…


Rebuild an Index on Exchange 2013 for Specific Databases

***The  ResetSearchIndex.ps1 used in Exchange 2010 has been deprecated from Exchange 2013*** There are a few different ways to rebuild a search index inExchange 2013. Reseed the Search Catalog from another DAG member. If the server is part of a DAG, you can reseed the index (Catalog) by running the Update-MailboxDatabaseCopyusing the –CatalogOnly switch (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd335201(v=exchg.150).aspx) Example:…


eDiscovery information

We have received a few different queries through support onhow Exchange 2013 works with eDiscovery and legal hold.  Here is a great article from the office SharePointteam that talks about eDiscovery and legal hold with the SharePoint, Exchangeand Lync 2013 products.   http://blogs.office.com/b/sharepoint/archive/2012/11/08/intro-to-ediscovery-in-sharepoint-exchange-and-lync-2013.aspx   We also have an eDiscovery FAQ that comes in handy if…


How Are SMTP Addresses Indexed and Searched for Discovery Search and Exchange Search in Exchange 2010

Symptoms How are SMTP addresses such as @company.com searched and indexed for Exchange 2010 Discovery Search, Outlook Online Mode Search, and OWA Search? If you search for 5 SMTP addresses such as (@company1.com OR @company2.com OR @company3.com OR @company4.com OR @company5.com), you get unexpected results such as fewer results than expected. If you search for…

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How Is Apostrophe Indexed and Searched for Discovery & Exchange Search

Introduction How is the Apostrophe Symbol [‘] indexed and searched for Exchange 2010 Discovery Search and Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2007 Outlook Online Mode Search and Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2007 OWA Search? Another way of putting this is, how is the Apostrophe symbol [‘] is indexed and searched when an Apostrophe is embedded in…

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How to Use AQS to Construct Complex Discovery Queries

Introduction Advanced Query Syntax (AQS) is used to create searches that can be used in Discovery Searches. The purpose of this blog is to show how to construct very complex search queries for Discovery Search using AQS. AQS can also be used in Outlook online mode searches, Outlook cached mode searches, Outlook Web Access (OWA)…

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