Search Performance: A case of AV slowing down crawls

In the services world supporting Search, I commonly see the nasty impact of Anti-Virus (AV) on the performance of SharePoint Search. Before diving into this scenario, I want to first reiterate the following KB: Certain folders may have to be excluded from antivirus scanning when you use file-level antivirus software in SharePoint https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/952167 Which states: These…

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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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SP2013: Using Get-SPIndexReports to Troubleshoot Failed Master Merge

Ever had an SP2013 Index Component report a yellow exclamation point ( ) to indicate a "degraded index component" and then wondered what that really meant? From my experience, these almost always either tied to an underlying disk problem and/or some external…(read more)

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The Upcoming Cloud SSA and Next Generation Hybrid Search: Initial Thoughts

At the Microsoft Ignite Conference last week, we got our first look at the upcoming Cloud Search Service Application (SSA), which enables on premise environments to push content to a Search Index running in SharePoint Online (SPO). And with it coming to SharePoint 2013 by the end of the year (and to SharePoint 2016 upon…

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MS Ignite “Effective Search Deployment” Session References (BRK3176)

Thank you everyone that came by to talk about our favorite subject… Search. We are incredibly grateful for the number of folks that added us to their schedule, and we hope you came away learning something new. If your company or organization has…(read more)

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Another Shameless Self-Promotion: Presenting at Microsoft Ignite 2015

Coming to Microsoft Ignite next week? Then I invite you to come see Kristopher Loranger and I present on Tuesday, May 5: Effective Search Deployment and Operations in SharePoint Server 2013 We'll be covering some architecture best practices…(read more)

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SP2013 Search Index health reports for monitoring and troubleshooting

Ever had an SP2013 Index Component report a yellow exclamation point ( ) to indicate a "degraded index component" and then wondered what that really meant? From my experience, these almost always either tied to an underlying disk problem and/or some external…(read more)

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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…


AAMs *Explained : Redux (and Presentation)

I recently gave a talk around AAMs and wanted to post my slides here (attached below as AAMExplained.xps). This post is intended to complement my previous post on AAMs , but these slides go a little further by starting to explore the impacts to crawls…(read more)

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SharePoint 2013 – Initial take on changes to Search

It's like Christmas in July – I'm currently waiting for my download of SharePoint Server 2013 and can't wait to play for the first time! I don't have a lot to talk about yet, but a ton of official slide decks can be found at SharePoint 2013: Presentation…(read more)

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