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…


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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A Focus on Search User Experience

It’s happening…  slowly … but it’s happening.  Attention in search is finally shifting from a focus on low-level features and relevancy models to looking at the whole user experience for information access. I, for one, am very glad to see this trend. Of all the enterprise technologies out there, few are planted so squarely at…

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Observations from the Text Analytics Summit 2009

One of the hard parts about organizing a conference like the 5th annual Text Analytics Summit, held last week in Boston, must be selecting the industry case studies. Text analytics is a highly specialized, but broad reaching topic that has applications in life sciences, financial service, legal, retail, government, media, and entertainment, to name a…

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Search and Natural User Interfaces (NUIs) – Part 1

About five years ago or so, I participated in a conference panel where the question was asked: “What will search interfaces look like 20 years from now?”. I had just seen Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi film “Minority Report” starring Tom Cruise, so I referred to the scene where Cruise’s character is interacting with a futuristic looking…

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