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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Finding the threshold for SharePoint 2013 crawler “Transaction Waiting”

During my presentation at Ignite 2015 I described monitoring for the SharePoint Crawler data point “Transaction Waiting”, also known as from the crawler health report “Crawler Load”. This blog is about how to find the threshold number “N” from a baseline in your environment. From MS Ignite 2015:   First we have to explain what…


Shameless Self-Promotion: Presenting at Microsoft Ignite 2015

If you are coming to Ignite this year and want to know more about Search in SharePoint 2013, come see Brian Pendergrass and I Tuesday @9am! Effective Search Deployment and Operations in SharePoint Server 2013   We will cover some architecture best practices, detailed look at query flows and the indexer. Most of the focus…


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…


SharePoint 2013 noderunner.exe process information

At just about every customer I speak with I always get asked this same question, also after my recent SharePoint 2014 conference presentation I got asked the same question multiple times. Question: How do I find out which Search component under noderunner.exe is taking up all my (CPU|Memory)? Usually after seeing this slide or something…


Notes on securing data with Sharepoint 2013 Search

A few days ago a question came up regarding looking at Sharepoint 2013 Search from a security perspective, specifically looking at any file-storage paths where ingested content may be stored, temporarily or permanently. An example is a document that contains Personal Information (PII info) and it’s important to know where this document may be stored…


SharePoint 2010 PowerShell incompatibility with .NET 4.X

There is a known compatibility issue with SharePoint 2010 and Windows Management Framework 4.0 (WMF), which also includes PowerShell 3.0. If you install these components on a server that also runs SharePoint 2010, you may encounter errors when running SharePoint PowerShell cmdlets: PS C:\> Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell The local farm is not accessible. Cmdlets with FeatureDependencyId…

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