Certain types of Icons are not being displayed in search results with Sharepoint 2013

It looks like Sharepoint 2013 Search results are not showing little icons that display the file type next to each result, specifically non-Office/non-PDF type docs. File types like ZIP, EML, MHT and some others have icons displayed next to them just fine when loaded into a Document Library, but not as part of a search…


How to tell that a Continuous Crawl is actually working

One of the great things about having Continuous Crawl running is with the fact that it’s supposed to magically work, i.e you enable it and ‘mini-crawls’ are kicked off periodically keeping your index fresh.  However, it’s not very easy what’s happening in case something goes wrong or if you simply need to find out why…


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 Searching for a URL

My colleague Igor Veytskin and I have run into a few issues when trying to search for a document in SharePoint 2013 based on its URL. If you take a look at the Managed Properties returned in search results, you'll see where the URL is stored. It is stored in the 'Path' managed property. The Search Query…

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Notes on securing data with Sharepoint 2013 Search

A few days ago a question came up regarding looking at Sharepoint 2013 Search from a security perspective, specifically looking at any file-storage paths where ingested content may be stored, temporarily or permanently. An example is a document that contains Personal Information (PII info) and it’s important to know where this document may be stored…


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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