FAST Search for SharePoint 2010 Crawler Troubleshooting

Being in the field for Microsoft has taught me some valuable troubleshooting skills for multiple applications. One of the most common issues that people ask me for help on is FAST Search forSharePoint 2010 crawler troubleshooting. I have done a presentation on this this for some Search users groups that got posted on YouTube HERE….


How can I determine what file types are supported in a FS4SP instance?

Q: How can I determine what file types are supported in a FS4SP instance? A: There are a few ways: #1: You can run the following PowerShell script on the FS4SP backend for the exact list:  C:\fastsearch\bin> $fastsearch = [environment]::GetEnvironmentVariable("FASTSEARCH") C:\fastsearch\bin> $rules = [xml] (Get-Content ($fastsearch + "etc\formatdetector\converter_rules.xml")) C:\fastsearch\bin> $rules.SelectNodes("//ext")   .doc .docm.docx .dotx .dot…


Securing Content feeding to FAST ESP

Part of my job is to support some clients that still use FAST ESP and an interesting question came up: What is the best way to secure the Content feeding to FAST ESP so malicious users or Devs don't accidently delete an index? While investigating restricting access to FAST ESP ContentDistributor it seems that the…


SharePoint 2013 Crawler Troubleshooting Concepts

SharePoint 2013 Crawler Troubleshooting Concepts Hello, in my years of IT and tech work I have come across many smart people in the field, some amazing system gurus and some coding ninjas, the best of which had a good one basic foundation, a solid grasp of troubleshooting concepts. If you take a step back and…


SP2010 Search *Explained: Crawling

In broad terms, SharePoint Search is comprised of three main functional process components: Crawling (Gathering) : Collecting content to be processed Indexing : Organizing the processed content into a structured/searchable index Query Processing…(read more)

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MSFT Documentum connector and TCS Troubleshooting

MSFT Documentum connector and Custom Security Trimming (TCS) Troubleshooting   Summary: With the release of the Feb 2012 CU for FAST Search PFE has been supporting the SharePoint  Documentum connector with custom security trimming in FAST Search. This guide is an expanding set of data points I have run into while troubleshooting. Official documentation: Configure…


Enable custom security trimming with FAST Search for Sharepoint and Documentum

Enable custom security trimming with FAST Search for Sharepoint and Documentum  With the new FAST Search for Sharepoint Feb CU that came out this week(2/29/2012) is some new bits for custom security trimming. Now these bits are made specifically to connect to Documentum and use AD style security credentials but you can also use them…


How does FAST/Sharepoint handle the language refiner?

Here is a good question that comes up quite a bit in discussion. How does FAST/Sharepoint handle the language refiner?   There are three language fields in FS4SP, DetectedLanguage, language, and languages. There is a description field foreach field but SP does not give much more information to know what is reallygoing on behind the scenes…


FS4SP Backup and Restore error

Good Day,  I was asked a question about backups on a customer and found the answer which is semi tricky from the error you receive. Since I don’t see this error in any internal FAST ticketing system, alias or Bing I’llsend it out and hopefully save someone’s remaining hair someday.   From the technet backup…