SP2013/SP2016 – Switching tenant on a Cloud SSA : Onboarding

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Hi Folks Starting a series of quick posts on the Cloud SSA so you could take full advantage of its capabilities and enrich your SPO Search experience. Today’s Problematic I came across the necessity to re-onboard a Cloud SSA on my SP2013 environment against a different tenant. There are few considerations when doing so. In this…

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SharePoint – Working with IIS Logs

Hi Search Folks As with ULS Logs (see my previous entry https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/nicolasu/2016/12/20/sharepoint-working-with-uls/) , IIS is also a good source of data for troubleshooting SharePoint issues whether you need to analyze some user behavior or look at the response times of your pages or search queries. Assuming you are now familiar with Log Parser Studio, you…

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SharePoint Crawl log and the mysterious SearchID !

Hi Search Folks, A very quick post to clarify the mysterious SearchID GUID seen when troubleshooting Crawl Errors. Whenever an item crawl fails to crawl , the URL View page (CA / Search Service Application) will provide you with a error message but also with a SearchID GUID. Well, mystery solved…The SearchID GUID is the…

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SP2013/SP2016 – Quick Search Query Performance Data Extraction and Analysis with Excel

Hi Search Folks, I wanted to share a quick method to extract Search query performance and build your own Analytics around it. For a start you would need to familiarize yourself to LogParser Studio (LPS). I’ve published a post to get you started : https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/nicolasu/2016/12/20/sharepoint-working-with-uls/ Search Performance Before diving into the extraction and analysis, I…

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SharePoint – Working with ULS Logs

Hi Search Folks   When dealing with SharePoint, the ULS is usually the main source of information you have to rely on. It is almost unavoidable to not dig in the ULS when troubleshooting SP issues. LogParser Studio (aka LPS) and LogParser  are a must have to mine data out of the ULS. Hereby I…

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SP2013 – Boost your FileShare incremental crawls

Hi Search Enthusiasts I wanted to touch base on a particular hidden feature our SP2013 crawl is leveraging to improve File Shares incremental crawl performance. Before going into details, as a pre-requisite, you will need to confirm that a parent folder modified date changes if one document within that folder is modified. Some old file systems…

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SP2013 – Reasons to do a full crawl

Hi Search Enthusiasts A quickie to clarify one piece of documentation around Full Crawl. I came across a customer today claiming that after any software update or service pack install they were planning a full crawl against all their content sources. This is obviously very cumbersome as you would imagine. Their claim was made by…

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SP2013 – Adding a new claim type encoding and its impact on Search

Hi Search Enthusiasts A quick heads up on some consequences on using custom claim type in SP2013. There is an impact on Search when you had a new Claim Type encoding in SP2013 using the following cmdlet New-SPClaimTypeEncoding https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219605.aspx   The Search feature in SP2013 (unlike in SP2010) is also using the list of Claim…

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SP2013 – Querying a document based on its Item ID

Hi Search Enthusiasts ! For troubleshooting purpose, you might want to look at the MPs of a specific document or list item. First you need to identify the internal document id also called the Item ID in the Crawl Log  (CA UI).   Once you have the id you’re looking for, you may use the Search…

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SP2013 – Crawler is unable to crawl some file share directories.

Hi Search Enthusiasts ! Today I would like to share a SP2013 crawl issue one of my customers faced a while back. A File Share content source was set up in the Search Service Application but everytime a full crawl completes the crawl log was showing that no documents were sucessfully indexed. How to troubleshoot…

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