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 – 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 – Get Query Suggestions to work with your custom result source in the Search Center.

Hi Search Enthusiasts ! As a reminder about what Query Suggestions are in SP2013 Search: Query suggestions help users find information quickly by showing queries that might be similar to the one they’re typing. For example, as users start to type “sales”, they may be able to pick common sales-related queries from a list below…

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SP2013 – How to determine the id of your Result Source for setting the SourceId query parameter ?

Hi Search Enthusiasts ! One question I had the other day was how to determine the id of a Result Source so it could be set in the SourceId query parameter. https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/microsoft.office.server.search.query.query.sourceid.aspx Specifies the identifier (ID) of the result source to be used to run the query. There are few ways but the easiest for…

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SP2013 – Configure search to use PDF iFilter

Hi Search Enthusiasts Just a quick post on a new feature in SP2013 Search. July CU 2014 introduces the ability to use an external PDF iFilter instead of the built-in handler in SP2013 Search. 1. Install July 2014 CU : KB 2882989 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2882989 2. On every server that has a Content Processing components installed, Install…

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SP2013 – Hybrid Search Topology

Hi Search Enthusiasts Hybrid Search scenario is one of the major steps in integrating your SPO and OnPrem SP2013 environments. I just wanted to list down the phases and documentation links that are relevant in setting an Hybrid Search Topology. The set up process is lengthy hence it is important to keep in mind the overall…

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SP2013 – How to influence the Language detection at the document/item level

 Hi Search Enthusiasts Today I’d like to demonstrate a small workaround for language detection issues in SP2013. Why document language is important ?  The language is at the center to any linguistics features in SP2013: Tokenization (wordbreaking), Stemming (lemmatization), Fuzzy Name matching, thesaurus etc.OOB we do our best to determine the primary language of any…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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