Get your head in the cloud: Hybrid for SharePoint Server 2013/Office 365

With the release of SharePoint Server 2013 and the new Office 365, SharePoint is increasingly moving towards an “integrated services” architecture in which on-premises SharePoint Server features can be integrated with SharePoint Online to create what is commonly called a “hybrid” SharePoint environment. In this blog post, we’ll talk a little about what constitutes a hybrid…


How to install update packages on a SharePoint farm where search component and high availability search topologies are enabled

The March Public Update (PU) for SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Foundation2013 is available. Here’s information to help you install it on SharePoint farms where search components and high availability search topologies are enabled. For servers that include searchcomponents, you have to follow specific steps to ensure that you install the PUcorrectly. For a high…

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Improve navigation through search results using refiners based on custom entities

Audience: Search Admin/ITPro Pre-requisite: This post assumes the reader has basic Search Administration knowledge. If you want to ease navigation through your search results and your documents already have metadata, you can enable refiners based on this metadata. But what if the documents don’t have this specific metadata that you want to refine on? In that…


Introducing Search Schema for SharePoint 2013

Audience: Search Admin/ITPro What is the search schema? The search schema is a mechanism in SharePoint search that controls: Which aspects (properties) of items are to be indexed How and with what indexing structures particular pieces of data are indexed Which aliases can be used when querying using property restrictions What does this mean really?…


Build a Specialized Search Experience in Minutes with SharePoint 2013

Audience: Search Admin/ITPro Pre-requisite: This post assumes the reader has basic SharePoint 2010 Search Administration knowledge. The Enterprise Search Center in SharePoint 2013 Preview searches nearly everything SharePoint crawls. That’s why its search results are labeled “Everything”: But for specialized data or scenarios, you often want a specialized search experience to match. That’s what the…


What happened to Best Bets? Introducing Query Rules

Audience: Search Admin/ITPro Pre-requisite: This blog assumes the reader has basic SharePoint 2010 Search Administration knowledge. If you’ve ever managed Search on SharePoint 2010 Products, chances are you’ve created Search Keywords and Best Bets. They are perhaps the easiest way to improve relevance on specific queries by letting you promote results to the top of…


How can I achieve the best freshness of search results? Introducing Continuous Crawls for SharePoint

Audience: Search Admin/ITProPre-requisite: This blog assumes the reader has basic Search Administration knowledge around SharePoint Search topology, crawl mechanism, and the principles of crawl scheduling.Note: This feature is new for SharePoint 2013. What is freshness of search results? After a user uploads a document to his SharePoint Site, the period of time before that document is…


New SharePoint search column: The View from the Crawl Space

One of the things I love about SharePoint Conference and TechEd is hanging out with and learning from people who are tops in their field—the gurus. My favorite search guru is Jeff Fried, who came to Microsoft as part of the FAST Search acquisition and was technical product manager for all of our enterprise search…


Take advantage of SharePoint Server 2010 search capabilities from SharePoint Server 2007 by doing a search-first migration

Upgrading to Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 from SharePoint Server 2007 provides significant enhancements in enterprise search capability. This includes many improvements for end users when they issue search queries and view search results. You can find a summary of these enhancements in  What’s new in enterprise search (SharePoint Server 2010). However, due to policy or…