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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PowerShell to Deploy an SSA Across Multiple Servers (v2.0)

A few years back, I published a PowerShell script to deploy a SharePoint Search Service Application across multiple servers, but it admittedly had a few quirks in regards to Index path location… until now. Below, I’ve attached the new…(read more)

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From SPC14: “Troubleshoot Search” session (spc375)

Wow! I wanted to send a huge thank you to the >500 folks that attended our session today and for the very gracious feedback. Here is a link to our session on Channel9: How to manage and troubleshoot Search: A practical guide (SPC375) http://channel9…(read more)

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SP2010: Search Query Load Balancing *Explained (part 2)

As I began in part 1, seemingly “sporadic” query problems are often just straightforward failures being masked by the three levels of load balancing involved with a SharePoint 2010 Search Query and my goal here has been to help unravel all the moving pieces. Here, I described the load balancing that occurs when there are multiple instances of the SQ&SS (e.g. Farm…

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SP2010: Removing/Re-joining Server to a Farm Can Break Search

Removing or re-joining a SharePoint Server that hosts a Search component will typically break the Search Topology and lead to an inconsistency between the ServerID being referenced by the applicable Search component(s) and the SharePoint farm Configuration…(read more)

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SP2010: Troubleshooting ServerID Mismatch (Deleting Components)

In a another post , I described a scenario where removing/re-joining a SharePoint Server that hosts a Search component will lead to an inconsistency in the ServerID being referenced by the applicable Search component(s) and the SharePoint farm Configuration…(read more)

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Troubleshooting App Management WCF Endpoint Failures

I was recently setting up federated search for SharePoint 2013 using Result Sources to a Remote SharePoint farm. That has already been extremely well documented by Steve Peschka , but did want to dive into the following error with the App Management service…(read more)

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Deploying SharePoint 2013 SSA Across Multiple Servers Using PowerShell

Update: Since the release of SharePoint 2013 RTM, I've made some modifications in an effort to simplify things (e.g. removing the unnecessary command line parameters) as well as improving the functionality (e.g. ability to provision multiple index partitions…(read more)

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