Using Site Columns to Create Searchable Metadata in SharePoint Online

Dan Harrington is a member of the Search Engineers PFE team.  While assisting a colleague with a customer’s document security solution in an Office 365 migration, he tested a workaround using SharePoint’s Site Column mechanism.  This feature was then integrated into the search solution by using SharePoint Online’s predefined managed properties and the Refinement web…


How to View SharePoint Online Crawl Logs in Office 365

PFE Srinivas Varukala discusses a recent customer question where there was a request to view the SharePoint Online crawl logs. One can view the Crawl Logs in SharePoint Online using the Office 365's eDiscovery site template and by granting the eDiscovery managers security group the appropriate permissions to read crawl logs from your tenant. Since…


Tips and Tricks from the Field on the new Distributed Cache Service in SharePoint 2013

Want the “real world” scoop on the new Distributed Cache Service in SharePoint 2013?  In this article, SharePoint PFE Vladimir Medina from Mexico City shares some tips from the field to help you keep your SharePoint 2013 Farm healthy. If you, like me, are playing with SharePoint 2013 or if you have plans to migrate/deploy…


Sharepoint 2013: Configuring Search Service Topology with PowerShell

Chandrasekar Natarajan, a PFE based in Canada, runs through some example PowerShell scripts for configuring SharePoint 2013 Search Service applications and topology configuration: Each Search service application has its own search topology. If you create more than one Search service application in a farm, it’s recommended to allocate dedicated servers for the search topology of…


A Quick Look At System Center Advisor (SCA)

Summary:  Milad Aslaner, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer based in Germany, gives us a quick peek at System Center Advisor (SCA), a freely available cloud-based service from Microsoft that enables you to assess your server configurations and proactively avoid problems. As you probably know by now, my passion is around reliability and performance. I just…


AppFabric Caching and SharePoint

Josh Gavant is a Senior PFE in the Central US PFE team. has recently shared some awesome details on how SharePoint uses Windows Server AppFabric caching services to achieve better performance and scalability. In Part 1 of the series Josh starts by explaining the different types of cache used by SharePoint, zooming in on LogonToken…


Planning Deployment of Farm Solutions for SharePoint 2013

Summary:  Mads Damgård, a Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (and Microsoft Certified Master in SharePoint!) based in Denmark, provides insight and walks us through some of the things you need to consider when deploying farm solutions for SharePoint 2013, along with things to watch out for, and tips on code patterns.      While everyone is talking…


How To Customize SharePoint 2013 Search Results Using Query Rules and Result Sources

Summary:  Brendan Griffin, Microsoft Certified Master (SharePoint 2010) and Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer based in the UK, provides us with details on working with SharePoint 2013 Search.  As you may (or may not) know, SharePoint 2013 search has changed quite dramatically from previous versions both from a functionality and manageability perspective – as Brendan…


How To Configure SharePoint 2013 On-Premises Deployments for Apps

Summary:  Chris Whitehead, Microsoft Certified Master (SharePoint 2010) and Premier Field Engineer based in the UK provides us with pointers to the best content and additional information that IT Pros need which is not well documented in one place.  It serves as an end-to-end guide and reference point to all the information you need in…


Understanding SharePoint Apps as an IT Pro

Summary:  Sam Hassani, Microsoft Certified Master (SharePoint 2010) and Microsoft Premier Field Engineer based in the UK provides us with an introduction of SharePoint 2013 Apps, explains why there is a need for Apps in SharePoint, and then demonstrates the architecture of Apps in SharePoint from an IT Pro’s perspective.  A “must read” for any…