SharePoint auto created managed properties and document processing performance

Out of the box, SharePoint 2013 will automatically create a Managed Property when it discovers a Site Column in a SharePoint site. This TechNet article describes this feature: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj613136.aspx. This feature makes it easy for users who use a site column on multiple lists on their site to also search for that content based on…

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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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SharePoint Search Topology Limits Clarified for the Crawl Component

As more environments begin scaling out to the documented limits for Search, a common question tends to get asked… "Does the Crawl Component count against the 64 component limit?" The short answer is… no, the Crawl Component does not count against…(read more)

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SharePoint 2013 Search: Even Better Best Bets with Exact Matching

First, full credit goes to Mikael Svenson and Petter Skodvin-Hvammen for the original solution.  This blog details a small modification to Mikael's "Better Best Bets" blog found here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mvpawardprogram/archive/2014/07/21/better-best-bets-with-lists-in-sharepoint-2013.aspx. Today's blog is a bare-bones, step-by-step process modifying the Better Best Bets solution to do exact matches on keywords.  The "Better Best Bets" solution can only do…


SharePoint 2013 Search: How clicks change relevancy and rank scoring

If you've ever looked at rank log or the ExplainRank.aspx page, you may have noticed that term frequency scoring is only a portion of the total rank score.  There are many other relevancy features which contribute to rank scoring.  Among them are "click events".  Click events measure the interaction, or lack of interaction, between a…


SharePoint 2013 Search: Full-Text Index and Context Weight Groups – What is wrong with my rank model?

In a previous blog, I talked about the important relationship between relevancy, rank models, managed properties, the full-text index and context weight groups.  If you are going to doing any relevancy tuning, you must understand how managed properties map to context weight groups in the full-text index and how, through the rank model, you can…


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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SharePoint 2013 Search: People Search – “Why are my results so bad?” Understanding Relevancy, the Rank Model, Full-Text Index, and Fuzzy Matching

I’ve heard this question come up enough now that I think it warrants deeper examination.  Several customers have complained about “bad results” in people search.  They search for Katherine Doe, but the number-one result is for Cathy Smith and it’s ranked higher than the Katherine Doe result.  While this seems like bad relevancy, if we…


SharePoint 2013 Search: People Search – “Why are my results so bad?” Understanding Relevancy, the Rank Model, Full-Text Index, Fuzzy Matching, and Social Distance

I’ve heard this question come up enough now that I think it warrants deeper examination.  Several customers have complained about “bad results” in people search.  They search for Katherine Doe, but the number-one result is for Cathy Smith and it’s ranked higher than the Katherine Doe result.  While this seems like bad relevancy, if we…