Automating deployment of complex search service application topology

Recently my client expressed a desire to automate deployment of search service application with not so ordinary topology 😉 The script needed to be flexible and reusable for other environments (DR, Test). So here is the PowerShell script which uses input from XML configuration file to implement any desired search service topology.   It also includes process…

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SharePoint 2013 and SCOM Management Pack Ranking the Rules

-As SharePoint evolves with new features, the foot print for on-premises customers grows and more servers needs to be maintained and managed. One of the key responsibilities of a SharePoint administrator is to monitor the health of the farm. Yes SharePoint has a built in Health Analyzer from SP2010 but the rules cannot be modified…

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Export Members of a SharePoint Audience

Here is a quick PowerShell script that I put together for a customer to enable them to export the usernames and e-mail addresses of all users that are members of a specific SharePoint Audience to a CSV file. Please update the three highlighted values, $Output is the location to write the CSV file to, replace…

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Creating custom display templates

Custom Display Templates / SharePoint 2013 Recently I have been working with display templates and the Content by Search web part on a customer engagement.  I thought I would write up some ‘how to’ type material for you all in case you are having your first experience with them. This blog article walks you through…

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