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…

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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 – 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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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…

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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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