Updating SP2013 refiners using PowerShell

In SharePoint 2010, changes to the refiners were made using the the FilterCategoriesDefinition property of the refiners web part which held an XML blob.  In SharePoint 2013 we instead do this using the SelectedRefinementControlsJson property.  As the name implies, the configuration is now in JSON format.  Conveniently PowerShell 3.0 now includes the ConvertTo- and ConvertFrom-Json…


Creating Result Sources using PowerShell

This post describes how to create a search result source using PowerShell. The GUI is easy enough but scripting is optimal as you promote configurations across environments. I was compelled to write this post because I’ve found a few posts out on the internet that don’t appear to be correct. As a pre-requisite, the user…

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Smoke testing a FAST for SharePoint install

One of the things I like to do after first installing and configuring FAST, and before trying to connect the SharePoint SSA’s is to test the FAST install to make sure that basic indexing and search are working.   None of this is rocket science but I got tired of typing it by hand each time…