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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PowerShell: Getting Link Counts per Host Domain

Let's consider this throwback Thursday. A couple of years ago, I posted this " PowerShell to Rebalance Crawl Store DBs in SP2013 ". As a side note, I mentioned the following PowerShell to leverage the CrawlLog object for viewing some Crawl Store level…(read more)

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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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Finding the threshold for SharePoint 2013 crawler “Transaction Waiting”

During my presentation at Ignite 2015 I described monitoring for the SharePoint Crawler data point “Transaction Waiting”, also known as from the crawler health report “Crawler Load”. This blog is about how to find the threshold number “N” from a baseline in your environment. From MS Ignite 2015:   First we have to explain what…


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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Shameless Self-Promotion: Presenting at Microsoft Ignite 2015

If you are coming to Ignite this year and want to know more about Search in SharePoint 2013, come see Brian Pendergrass and I Tuesday @9am! Effective Search Deployment and Operations in SharePoint Server 2013   We will cover some architecture best practices, detailed look at query flows and the indexer. Most of the focus…


The most important Timer Job for Search you may not know exists

What comes to mind when I say "Application Server Administration Services" timer job? Based on the name alone, Search is probably the last answer – it was for me… until I learned just how important this timer job is to Search. Having failures during…(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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