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…


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…


SharePoint Search (SPO/SP2013/SP2016) – Create an Horizontal Search Refinement Panel

Hi Search Folks A simple blog post to give a tip to create new Search User Experience. The default Enterprise Search Center conditions you with a vertical refinement panel and main results. While this is a “SP standard” I encourage everyone to challenge that standardization. E-Commerce sites are always a good example of Search refinement…


O365 – Questions/Answers

Hi A quick post on some common questions with regards to O365 and SharePoint Online. Workplace https://products.office.com/en-us/office-system-requirements Device Support https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Compare-how-different-mobile-devices-work-with-Office-365-bdd06229-776a-4824-947c-82425d72597b Office Online browser support https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Office-Online-browser-support-AD1303E0-A318-47AA-B409-D3A5EB44E452 Office 365 supports both IPv6 and IPv4; however, not all Office 365 features are fully enabled with IPv6. This means that you must use both IPv4 and IPv6 to connect…


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

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…


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…


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…


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…


Hello World SharePoint 2013 !

As you have seen already Search in SharePoint 2013 Preview has been released. Check out the page : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj163951(v=office.15).aspx  for more details.   There are plenty of new things for developers like Query Web Service deprecation, REST support, SQL syntax support removed, KQL enhancements, Search CSOM etc…   I’m looking forward to see how developers would embrace building Apps…


SP2013 – Enable WCF tracing on the Search Admin Web Service (SearchAdmin.svc)

Hi Search Enthusiasts ! Today I will show you how to enable a WCF tracing on the Search Admin Web Service. When defining your SSA, you are asked to create two application pools : one for the Search Admin Web Service (SearchAdmin.svc) and one pool for the Search Query and Site Settings (SearchService.svc) Example   First step is…