SP2013 – How to better balance your Distributed File System (DFS) crawl

Hi Search Enthusiasts   I came across one problematic when crawling a Distributed File System split across multiple physical locations but grouped under one DFS share. The main DFS share was set to \\contoso.com where underneath the content was split per region/location For instance \\contoso.com\Europe \\contoso.com\Asia \\contoso.com\Americas   As you set your content source to crawl the root directory…


FAST ESP 5.x – Indexer and Large Addresses Awareness

Hi Search Enthusiasts I wanted to share an important update that has been made in indexer for Win32 platform. As you might know, 32-bit process don’t address more than 2 GB of Memory by default on Windows platform. To allow them to go all the way to 4GB (usually when hosted on a 64-bit OS), you…


SP2013 – Removing the "Nothing here matches your search" for good.

Hi Search Enthusiasts Today I had to customize my SP2013 Search Center to remove the beloved following message   This message is specially annoying when having multiple Search Results potentially pulling results from multiple sources. Some might hit some not. As I was already playing around with Templates, I just created a new Control Search…


SP2013 – Changing the default group template in Search Results WP (GroupTemplateId)

Hi Search Enthusiasts   I came across the need to change the default group template, for a specific Search Result Web Part.   I have configured my search center with the default layout -all in one column-. Upon certain Query rules, I may encounter results including Best Bets, Result Blocks and Core Results. All those…


FS4SP – Updates

Hi FAST’ers ! Just a quickie to remind everyone that there is one wiki page out there listing all updates regarding FS4SP: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/2796.fast-search-for-sharepoint-cumulative-updates.aspx   The page has been updated last week to reflect the latest February 2013 Security Update.   Don’t forget your psconfig -action p  ! Enjoy Updating.  


FS4SP – Document Signature Customization

In this post I’ll describe how to customize the document signature in FAST Search for SP2010. The documentsignature is the MP (integer) that we use to de-duplicate results (also known as collapsing). It is a SHA-256 generated integer. Get-FASTSearchMetadataManagedProperty -Name documentsignature Name                   : documentsignatureDescription            : ID used for duplicate collapsingType                   : IntegerQueryable              : TrueStemmingEnabled        :…


FS4SP – The truth about the u2029 delimiter

Hi   Having seen many entries on this I wanted to clarify one point about the delimiter \u2029 in Fast Search for SP2010.   The delimiter “\u2029” only works in the context of Pipeline Extensibility.   See http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/1144.multi-value-property-support-in-fast-search-server-for-sharepoint.aspx. “In the input to the extensibility stage the special character U+2029 is used as a separator for multi-valued…


FS4SP – Creating a Search Vertical in your Search Center

The default Fast Search Server for SharePoint 2010 (FS4SP) comes with 2 verticals out of the box : All Sites and People. One may want to add further verticals to refine results for a type of contents (videos, feeds) or create a regionalized vertical (selecting documents with a sub or specific department within your organization)….


FS4SP – Using the Windows Search connector

Hello World of Search   Just a quickie today about a very useful feature in 2010: search your SharePoint content from your desktop machine (through the FAST provider). Go to your favorite FAST Search Center. Issue a test query to end up in the results page. Locate and hit the icon as shown below   Add…


FAST ESP 5.x – fsearch maxmemusage clarification

Context : FAST ESP 5.x Architecture If your fsearch process fails to start with the below error: Loading attribute vectors will exceed maximum memory usage, set to 1887436800 B (1800.00 MB). fsearch will not load this index. Please reduce index size or number of navigator fields and sortable fields in the index profile You might…