SharePoint 2010: Crawl process is stuck after SQL Server runs out of disk space

Maybe this is cheating in terms of a blog post, but I wrote the bulk of this Support KB and wanted to share in as many ways as I could… SharePoint 2010: Crawl process is stuck after SQL Server runs out of disk space http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2691203 Consider the following scenario: You initiate a full/incremental crawl of the…

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SP2010 Search *Explained: Crawling

Update: I’ve started a new series for explaining crawls in the context of SharePoint 2013. For the actual crawl component itself, much of the process is the same as described here and follows a very similar flow up to and down the branch for “For FAST Search for SP2010” described below. Being said, the new…

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Troubleshooting the SSP Search Indexer for MOSS 2007

It’s time to set aside my SharePoint 2013 farm and get into the way-back machine to troubleshoot the Indexer for MOSS SharePoint 2007 Shared Services Provider (SSP)… (As I mentioned in a previous post on Search Terminology, I try avoiding the term “Indexer” because it has a muddied connotation in SharePoint 2010 & 2013. However, given this relates…

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Deploying SharePoint 2013 SSA Across Multiple Servers Using PowerShell

Update (5-May-2015) I posted a new version of this script at this link below:  new script here >> PowerShell to Deploy an SSA Across Multiple Servers (v2.0) —- Everything else below should be considered out of date —– Update: Since the release of SharePoint 2013 RTM, I’ve made some modifications in an effort to simplify things (e.g. removing the unnecessary…

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SharePoint 2013 – Initial take on changes to Search

It’s like Christmas in July – I’m currently waiting for my download of SharePoint Server 2013 and can’t wait to play for the first time! I don’t have a lot to talk about yet, but a ton of official slide decks can be found at SharePoint 2013: Presentation: IT pro training ( http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30361 ). In that page, it’s easy to miss the…

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SP2010 Search *Explained: Concepts and Terminology

In broad terms, SharePoint Search is comprised of three main functional process components: Crawling (Gathering): Collecting content to be processed Indexing: Organizing the processed content into a structured/searchable index Query Processing: Retrieving a relevant result set relative to a given user query In this post, we’ll create a reference baseline by defining key concepts and…

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Tales from Training: FAST Search for SP2010 (protocol specs and white paper)

The week is over and the fire hose is now off. I haven’t been able to post as much as I hoped over the last few days with time constraints coming from both work and life. There were also a few internal topics I can’t share here and many more that I just simply don’t yet…

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Tales from Training: FAST Search for SP2010

So, today I started day one of my week-long FAST Search for SharePoint 2010 training. Over the next couple of days, I wanted to share some tidbits that I found interesting (and hoping it may help someone else along the way). In no particular order (and provided with very little testing on my part to confirm said tidbits…) The…

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Blind spots in Usage file and Web Analytics Reports

In my previous post (Troubleshooting SharePoint 2010 Web Analytics), I referenced a problem that can occur when exceeding the daily partition size for the LoggingDB, which generates the ULS message “[Partition] has exceeded the max bytes”. Below, I wanted to provide some additional info on this particular issue and help identify some options if this…

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Troubleshooting SharePoint 2010 Web Analytics

Web Analytics reports are pre-built reports in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 that use usage data to analyze various aspects of sites and site collections. But when things break down, it’s not always obvious how to troubleshoot the various moving pieces. The following steps should help you find the barrier as you follow the flow from the .Usage…

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