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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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…


SharePoint 2013 No Code User Segment Search

I stated looking into the User Segmentation feature in SharePoint 2013. The idea is that you create query rules based off of a category of users and then change the search experience to better suit them. Some examples would be adjusting results based on the users language / location, providing different best bets based on…

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Crawling content with Sharepoint 2013 Search

Before we get anywhere further with search, let’s discuss in more detail how content is gathered, and that’s via crawling.  Crawling is simply a process of gathering documents from various sources/repositories, making sure they obey by various rules and sending them off for further processing to the Content Processing Component. Let’s take a more in-depth look at…


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…


SharePoint 2013 Monitor and Tune Content Feed

I have not seen too much in the way of guidance for monitoring and tuning content feeding for SharePoint 2013. This post will cover isolating the bottleneck in your feeding chain. In a future post, I will cover how to address these bottlenecks. But, in most cases you will simply need to add more instances of a component or…

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SharePoint 2013 Non-Rectangular Search Topology

The SharePoint 2013 search topology is the next evolution of the Fast search engine from ESP and Fast Search for SharePoint. In previous releases you were forced to equal number of "rows" and "columns" in your search deployment. This is no longer a constraint in SharePoint 2013. This can be useful in many operational scenarios…

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