How to view the status of the SharePoint 2013 search service

As promised at the SharePoint Conference, here is a useful script that gives you the status of the search service in SharePoint Server 2013. The script provides the following information: Key topology status data from Get-SPEnterpriseSearchStatus Information about primary role for index and admin components Job status for jobs run by the Analytics Processing Component…

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FAST Search for SharePoint extensibility updates in SP1

SP1 is out, and there are some improvements and fixes relevant for the developer. This is a brief summary, with links to additional information. More flexible property extraction. FAST Search for SharePoint enables you to create your own property extractors. In this way you can extract names and concepts from the crawled content and add…

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Date and time in FAST Search Server queries and results – part 2

I discussed some locale aspects of date/time queries in a previous post, and was asked about how to specify date/time property filters in queries. FAST Query Syntax (FQL) You must specify datetime property restrictions using an explicit range in UTC timezone and syntax. and(string(“test”, mode=”or”),        write:range(min, 2011-06-09)) and(string(“test”, mode=”or”),        write:range(min, 2011-06-09, to=”lt”))  and(string(“test”,…

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Some hints on testing custom managed properties and queries

When you customize your FAST Search Server deployment, there are certainly things that may go wrong. Sometimes it is convenient to reduce the number of potential error sources and test that the custom managed property mapping works properly. It is possible to submit test documents directly to the FAST Search Server deployment (in case the…

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Date and time in FAST Search Server queries and results

Handling date and time can be tricky on a query interface. If you create an end-user search interface, you may want to adapt to the user’s timezone. You may decide to determine the user’s timezone based on the locale, which makes sense in certain cases, but not always. You could use IP address, etc., but…

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Content API for FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint

FAST Search for SharePoint provides multiple options for crawling and retrieving content for indexing: When you use the FAST Content SSA, the feeding/crawling will work in the same way as for SharePoint Server search. This is the recommended approach in most cases. FAST Search for SharePoint also supports additional indexing connectors, to solve more advanced…

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Customize your search result sorting

One of the nice features if you create your own query client with FAST Search for SharePoint is all the options to customize search result sorting. The most flexible option is the ‘sort by formula’ feature. As you may guess, this feature enables you to define your own formula defining how to sort your query results. Why would you…

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