Developing SharePoint 2013 apps with GulpJS

The SharePoint 2013 app model is a great way to bridge the functionality of SharePoint with the extensibility and standards of HTML5. Since apps are largely driven by client-side JavaScript, it makes sense to borrow some of the core concepts from the modern web development toolkit. Namely, NodeJS and Gulp. Prerequisites Visual Studio 2013 or…


Modeling the AdventureWorks Inventory Database for Azure Search

Modeling structured database content into an efficient search index is rarely a straightforward exercise. Scheduling and change management aside, there exists the challenge of denormalizing source rows away from their table-joined state into search-friendly entities. This post will explore the AdventureWorks sample data, available online, to highlight common experiences in the transition from database to…


Search Health Reports (SRx) – Summary for each ‘Test’

Brought to you by SearchEngineers@microsoft.com, the Search Health Reports (SRx Core), which can be downloaded here, is a PowerShell-driven tool for surfacing complex diagnostics for SharePoint Search through new multifaceted reports. The SRx includes a battery of tests that leverage a customized SSA object extended with contextual data from many disparate sources.  For more information on this tool, please…

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SharePoint 2013 Searching for a URL

My colleague Igor Veytskin and I have run into a few issues when trying to search for a document in SharePoint 2013 based on its URL. If you take a look at the Managed Properties returned in search results, you'll see where the URL is stored. It is stored in the 'Path' managed property. The Search Query…

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Need to evaluate SharePoint Search Topology?

Intro to Get-SRxTopologyReports It has some dust and time to blow it off.  My name is Russ Maxwell and I’m blogging again and excited to share something I’ve been working on for a few months. As you may or may not know, my colleague Brian Pendergrass developed the core of Search Dashboard. Eric Dixon and…

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Bypassing Multiple-Authentication Providers in SharePoint 2013

Intro I haven't researched to see if this topic has been heavily documented but feel like putting my 2 cents of input so hope this helps you. One of Microsoft's big pushes for SharePoint 2013 for On Premise is to consolidate multiple web applications to a single Web Application. This is easier said than done…


How to tell that a Continuous Crawl is actually working

One of the great things about having Continuous Crawl running is with the fact that it’s supposed to magically work, i.e you enable it and ‘mini-crawls’ are kicked off periodically keeping your index fresh.  However, it’s not very easy what’s happening in case something goes wrong or if you simply need to find out why…


SharePoint 2013 On-Prem AntiVirus exceptions and IP Offloading

Support has been seeing a spike in strange issues that have no direct ULS logs associated with the issues such as indexer performance or indexers out of sync or crawler performance slowdowns. I would like to just put some information out there for the first steps to review on your Search farm if you are…


SharePoint 2013 On-Prem reset index stuck resolution

Recently I have had a few customers with index out of sync errors, the customers have tried everything possible to get the indexers to sync and they are at the last resort, nuclear option, to reset the search index. The reason can very for how this has got to this state such as network related…