Orphans sites causing search to fail

Search results not returned and instead throw a correlation id error with below error found in ULS   ############  0x5304  SharePoint Server Search     Query    afpkb     Unexpected        Getting results failed: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.     at Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Administration.UrlMapper.ExtractMapping(Pair`2 properties, SPSite site, IDictionary`2 urlMapping, IDictionary`2 reverseUrlMapping)     at Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Administration.UrlMapper.GetNewCacheEntry(Pair`2 properties)     at System.Collections.Concurrent.ConcurrentDictionary`2.GetOrAdd(TKey key,…

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Cloud SSA Onboarding script issues

Hello! I am listing below some common errors encountered when running Onboarding script for Cloud SSA and what their solution looks like- Error: “Could not establish trust relationship for the SSL/TLS secure channel with authority”  ‘https://provisioningapi.microsoftonline.com/provisioningwebservice.svc’ ” when running Onborading script We tried below poweshell to see if we can create a  new web service proxy…

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Search SSA backup is failing- SP2013

Search service application backup fails when doing a backup of the service application from Central Administration Microsoft.Ceres.SearchCore.Services.Seeding.BackupRestoreSeedingException: Member I.0.1 was lost from cluster SPa86253565da7.1′ at    at Microsoft.Ceres.SearchCore.IndexController.BackupService.ThrowOnFailure(JobStatus status) Cause SSA was not resumed and from analysis found crawls were resumed during backup. Resolution Went through the backup log file.  [2/15/2016 7:57:40 PM] Verbose: […..] SQL command…

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History of Prepare query suggestion timer job run

Hello All, I was troubleshooting an issue where the Prepare Query suggestion timer job was taking a long time to execute and we wanted to output the history of the job run from across all servers in the farm and see how long the timer job took to execute. Below command will give you that…

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DLP queries in Ediscovery-SharePoint Online

SSN/ Credit Card/ Drivers License   SensitiveType:"Credit Card Number" OR SensitiveType:"U.S. Social Security Number (SSN)" OR SensitiveType:"U.S. Driver's License Number" Criteria you need to fulfill for the sensitive type documents to be shown in ediscovery queries.   SSN: <Entity id="a44669fe-0d48-453d-a9b1-2cc83f2cba77" patternsProximity="300" recommendedConfidence="75">       <Pattern confidenceLevel="85">         <IdMatch idRef="Func_ssn" />         <Any minMatches="1">           <Match idRef="Keyword_ssn"…

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File Name is blank for Excel files on File share-SharePoint 2013

I recently worked on an issue where Excel files on File share were getting crawled just fine. However if you search on their filename you will see the result pulled up however the Filename is blank in the search result. Note: this happens for fie which have their metadata "title" with no value. i.e Within the…

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Usage reports in Consuming farm not populating-SharePoint 2013

Worked an issue few months ago where we have a consuming publishing farm scenario. Usage reports have no data in them. Many thanks to Anthony for helping figure this out! On the Search farm (APC server) Sharepoint logs showed below: 03/11/2015 13:50:55.90        OWSTIMER.EXE (******:0x28E0)        0x44E4        SharePoint Server Search        Analytics        agmik        High        AnalyticsDataFilter: SPRequestUsageEntry filtered out because tenant settings could not be loaded.       …

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Exchange connector for SharePoint 2013 : Error comes up when performing a full crawl: "Error while crawling LOB contents"

Few months ago worked on an issue where we were unable to crawl the Exchange Source. Crawl log showed "Error while crawling LOB contents" SP logs showed: Errorinfo is "Error caused by exception: Microsoft.BusinessData.Infrastructure.BdcException The shim execution failed unexpectedly – Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation..: System.InvalidOperationException An internal server error…

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SharePoint 2013 Search results misinterpreting day and month values or an item

Assume that we have a SharePoint Farm that is located in the UK. You have several regions and each having their own site collections. There are people uploading documents across the globe. You have a Search Service Application that is crawling the documents. The date format in the UK is DD/MM/YYYY & the date format…

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