Interpreting “Crawl Queue” report with Sharepoint search

We’ve noticed something interesting a few weeks ago while working on a FAST Sharepoint 2010 system.  One of the advanced Search Administration Reports called Crawl Queue report was suddenly showing a consistent spike in “Links to Process” counter.  This report is specific to the FAST Content SSA and the two metrics shown are: Links to…


Search Architecture with SharePoint 2013

I’d like to revisit the topics that Leo have so well described in his 2 previous posts titled  ”Search 101? and “Search Architecture in SharePoint 2010?, but discuss those in the context of SharePoint 2013 Search.  This post will address general architecture of SharePoint 2013 Search, describe all the components involved and briefly touch upon the biggest…


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…


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…


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…