SP2013 Crawling *Explained: Enumeration/Discovery (Part 3b)

With VerboseEx logging enabled, the crawl of a single item (or interchangeably, a “document”) can generate more than 6000 ULS events, at times making troubleshooting a particular document analogous to finding the needle in the haystack. In this series of posts, I first described the high level orchestration for crawling a document, deep dived on the…

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Search Performance: A case of AV slowing down crawls

In the services world supporting Search, I commonly see the nasty impact of Anti-Virus (AV) on the performance of SharePoint Search. Before diving into this scenario, I want to first reiterate the following KB: Certain folders may have to be excluded from antivirus scanning when you use file-level antivirus software in SharePoint https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/952167 Which states: These…

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Announcing the Search Health Reports (SRx) for SharePoint Search Diagnostics

Brought to you by SearchEngineers@microsoft.com, the Search Health Reports (SRx) is a PowerShell-driven tool for surfacing complex diagnostics for SharePoint Search through new multifaceted reports. The SRx includes a battery of tests that leverage a customized SSA object extended with contextual data from many disparate sources. Our goal with this project is straightforward – empower…

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SharePoint Search Topology Limits Clarified for the Crawl Component

As more environments begin scaling out to the documented limits for Search, a common question tends to get asked… “Does the Crawl Component count against the 64 component limit?” The short answer is… no, the Crawl Component does not count against the 64 component limit, and the documentation stating this has now been updated here…

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PowerShell: Getting Link Counts per Host Domain

Let’s consider this throwback Thursday. A couple of years ago, I posted this “PowerShell to Rebalance Crawl Store DBs in SP2013“. As a side note, I mentioned the following PowerShell to leverage the CrawlLog object for viewing some Crawl Store level statistics about crawled documents, such as the “Document Count“. For example: $crawlLog = New-Object…

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SP2013 Crawling *Explained: Enumeration/Discovery (Part 3a)

With VerboseEx logging enabled, the crawl of a single item (or interchangeably, a “document”) can generate more than 6000 ULS events, at times making troubleshooting a particular document analogous to finding the needle in the haystack. In this series of posts, I first described the high level orchestration for crawling a document and then deep…

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SP2013: Using Get-SPIndexReports to Troubleshoot Failed Master Merge

Ever had an SP2013 Index Component report a yellow exclamation point () to indicate a “degraded index component” and then wondered what that really meant? From my experience, these almost always either tied to an underlying disk problem and/or some external software interfering with the component (most commonly, AntiVirus or file-level backup utilities). In this post, we’ll specifically look…

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The Upcoming Cloud SSA and Next Generation Hybrid Search: Initial Thoughts

At the Microsoft Ignite Conference last week, we got our first look at the upcoming SharePoint Cloud Search Service Application (Cloud SSA), which enables on premise environments to push content to a Search Index running in SharePoint Online (SPO). And with it coming to SharePoint 2013 by the end of the year (and to SharePoint…

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MS Ignite “Effective Search Deployment” Session References (BRK3176)

Thank you everyone that came by to talk about our favorite subject… Search. We are incredibly grateful for the number of folks that added us to their schedule, and we hope you came away learning something new. If your company or organization has a Premier Support contract and you need to engage us on anything…

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PowerShell to Deploy an SSA Across Multiple Servers (v2.0)

A few years back, I published a PowerShell script to deploy a SharePoint Search Service Application across multiple servers, but it admittedly had a few quirks in regards to Index path location… until now. Below, I’ve attached the new/updated version 2.0 of the deploy script (and will also upload to the TechNet Scripts center soon) and have a…

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