Crawling case sensitive repositories using SharePoint Server 2010

Introduction There are many repositories which are case sensitive. To elaborate with an example, in case sensitive repositories the links:   http://myhost/CaseSensitivePage.htm and http://myhost/casesensitivepage.htm   represent different pages. The crawlers while indexing such repositories have to preserve the case of the discovered links to keep them valid. Examples of such repositories are: –          web sites…


SharePoint Search 2010 in a Small Scale Farm – Hardware

Hello, my name is Hernando Silva and, as some of you might know from Dan’s previous posts , for the last year  I participated in the planning, deployment and management of the SharePoint 2010 Search service at a small scale. In this post I will begin to introduce you to our Divisional (a.k.a. Departmental) farm…


SharePoint 2010 Search ‘Dogfood’ Part 3 – Query Performance Optimization

  Hello again and welcome to the SharePoint Server 2010 Search series of blog postings dedicated to detailing the lessons I have learned in the process of hosting our dogfood system.  In this posting I will be talk about the high level concepts utilized to optimize query performance.  For reference and a complete description of…


SharePoint 2010 Search ‘Dogfood’ Part 2 – Query Health Reports

One of my favorite features of SharePoint Server 2010 Search is the health reporting that we added.  With the query health reports you can very easily see what is going on with end user query latencies as well as pinpoint were the time is getting spent.  The capacity planning document talks about a lot of…


SharePoint 2010 Search ‘Dogfood’ Part 1 – Hardware

  Hello again, Dan Blood here. To layout the lessons I’ve learned in hosting Search 2010 I will provide you with a full picture of what the hardware behind SearchBeta looks like.  Be aware that the hardware is a little underpowered for the count of items in the index.  As such you should not take…


Server Name Mapping and Alternate Access Mapping (AAM)

Alternate Access Mapping (AAM) and Server Name Mapping are two features SharePoint provides to alter the URLs returned in search results – a common practice used by many companies for their internal and external users. Both features are available in both the out of the box search in SharePoint 2010 and in the new FAST…


SharePoint 2010 Search – Experiences and Best Practices from the Microsoft ‘Dogfood’ Implementation

Hello, Dan Blood here with another series of blog postings about running SharePoint Server 2010 Search.  Some of you may be familiar with a similar set of postings that I wrote for MSS or SharePoint Search 2007.  The following set of postings will be targeted explicitly at SharePoint 2010 Search and are not applicable to…


Business Data Search in SharePoint 2010: Crawling associated external content types

Business data associations are widely used to fetch related external content (ex. data from two sql tables connected by a foreign key or an email that contains attachments) and display it in SharePoint webparts. SharePoint Search 2010 ships with new features that enable crawling of Business Data Connectivity associations. This post describes how to use the…


Innovation on Linux and UNIX

Innovation is at the heart of our enterprise search strategy, and a commitment to innovation is what brought FAST and Microsoft together.  When we announced the acquisition two years ago, we said that we were committed to cross-platform innovation—that we’d “continue to offer stand-alone versions of ESP that run on Linux and UNIX,” and that…


Regular Expressions Support in SharePoint 2010 Crawling

Search admins often need to omit from a crawl files that match a certain pattern. E.g.: ·         In a bank, file names starting with SSN ·         In a business site, files names with credit card number ·         URLs having specific value of a certain parameter of an aspx file ·         etc.. The usual solution is to…