SharePoint Search: – “Why are my results so bad?” Part 2 – PDFs vs. Office Documents

In a previous post, I discussed why search results can seem so bad.  Honestly, labeling results as “bad” is misleading because the Search Engine is ranking results by only the metadata and rank model that the Search Admin told the Search Engine to use.  In reality, there are no bad search results, only bad Search…

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SharePoint 2013/2016 Search: When standard architecture won’t work for you

Customers often ask, “Will this search architecture work for me?”  What then follows is a screen grab from a TechNet search architecture article that provides examples of architectures for small, medium, large, and extra-large search farms.  The answer to their question is always, “It depends.”  What it depends on is whether you have “standard” or “non-standard” requirements. The…

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Relevant Relevancy Changes in SharePoint 2013 Sept and Oct 2016 CUs

Two recent features were added to the Search Service Application that can have an impact on relevancy.  The features are enabled by the following flags: ResetSynonymWeightToOne and RecallContentOnlyInDefault. According to the CU notes, the flags enable functionality defined as follows: Sept. 2016 CU This update provides a ResetSynonymWeightToOne boolean flag in the Search Service Application, which…

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