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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SharePoint Search *Quirks: Query Variables

In several forums, emails, and discussions, I keep seeing this recurring question, “How can I limit results to a specific library [in this site collection]?” Turns out, this was more difficult than I originally thought …until I found mention of the escape character “\” (essentially as a side note in an example) in this invaluable…

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Case Sensitivity and Duplicate URLs Getting Crawled

I’ve seen several scenarios where a single document gets crawled twice and leads to duplicate results for this particular item – two entries in the Crawl Log with the same display URL, but with different Doc IDs. This isn’t the typical scenario where multiple very similar documents get calculated as “Near Duplicate” items, but rather…

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SharePoint Search *Quirks: Adding Content Sources

I recently encountered a scenario in which adding SharePoint Search content sources of various types demonstrated different behaviors depending on the particular order and the particular type of content source being added. Initially, the behaviors looked unintentional, but after further research and review of the underlying source (which obviously, I can’t disclose, but I can…

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