Ensuring a successful FAST Search Server 2010 installation

While we get this information cleaned-up, fully-documented, and stored in a more “formal” location (e.g. http://support.microsoft.com), here are some initial Best Practices the FAST Technical Support and Escalation Teams have been successful with in terms of resolving various FAST Search Server 2010 issues specific to various networking issues.   1.       Disable TCP Chimney: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/951037 “Information…

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Leave the chimney for Santa Claus, not for FAST Search Server 2010

Recently, the FAST Search Escalation Team has begun to see customers encountering a higher-than-expected rate of post-installation configuration/deployment failures due to IPSEC problems.  As a follow-up to my previous post (see “We need to talk“), I wanted to call out a very subtle but important point noted in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/951037, “Information about the TCP Chimney Offload, Receive Side Scaling,…

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We need to talk (aka: “It’s not me, it’s you”) …

Issue: After installing an Administrative node of FAST Search Server 2010, additional Non-Administrative FAST Search Server 2010 nodes cannot communicate with the Admin node.  Subsequently, the non-admin nodes to fail download the deployment.xml, and as such, fail to finish configuration successfully. What you can expect to see: When running the psconfig.ps1 script on the non-admin…

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How to extract, count, and sort strings pulled from a managed dump file

  If these steps look familiar, they’re based off a post I wrote a few years back for parsing Exchange transaction logs.  Who knew 1) they’d still be relevant, 2) I’d still resort to such hacky means, and 3) others may actually find value in this …   1.       Download the “Unix for Win32” utilities…

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