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…


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…


The Search Developer Story in SharePoint 2010 - Query Interfaces

SharePoint 2010 includes a number of features that make the platform easier to use for developers. An improved Visual Studio integration, the addition of LINQ to the SharePoint platform, sandboxing for deployment, and the new developer dashboard are just a few examples of how developing and deploying SharePoint solutions have become much easier.   As…

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FAST meets SharePoint - What's Coming in Search for SharePoint 2010

Last week was the 2009 SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas. The sold-out attendance of 7400 doubled the number from the previous SharePoint conference 1 ½ years ago. This is not too surprising given the incredible momentum of SharePoint and the fact that much of the event was dedicated to disclosure of the highly anticipated SharePoint…

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One Year with Microsoft – a FAST Perspective

After years of writing customer proposals, internal memoranda, and various stuffily formal documents, it feels like a luxury to be able to just write what I think about enterprise search.  It’s actually part of my job these days and I’m looking forward to sharing a perspective from 13 years in the industry – the past…

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Microsoft positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2008 Information Access Magic Quadrant

We’ve got great news to share! Last month, Gartner published the 2008 Magic Quadrant for Information Access Technology, and Microsoft was positioned in the Leaders Quadrant. Since the completion of the acquisition, we’ve worked incredibly hard to communicate and demonstrate a combined vision and strategy to our customers and partners. It’s good to know we’re…