Problems Crawling the non-Default zone *Explained

In a nutshell, there is an undocumented assumption baked into SharePoint Search that the Default Public URL of a Web Application will be crawled. If you want everything to work auto-magically, crawl the Web Application’s Public URL for the Default zone (*Note: the crawler requires Windows Authentication [NTLM or Kerberos] in whatever zone your crawl…

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From SPC14: “Troubleshoot Search” session (spc375)

Wow! I wanted to send a huge thank you to the >500 folks that attended our session today and for the very gracious feedback. Here is a link to our session on Channel9: How to manage and troubleshoot Search: A practical guide (SPC375)https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/SharePoint-Conference/2014/SPC375   And as promised, here’s the PowerShell that I build for filtering the ULS by…

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AAMs *Explained : Redux (and Presentation)

I recently gave a talk around AAMs and wanted to post my slides here (attached below as AAMExplained.xps).  This post is intended to complement my previous post on AAMs, but these slides go a little further by starting to explore the impacts to crawls and URL-based properties in the index (these slides relating to search also help explain the…

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Alternate Access Mappings (AAMs) *Explained

Based on many of the support cases that I’ve seen, Alternate Access Mappings (AAM) may be one of the least understood aspects of SharePoint and can have substantial impact on Search (both Crawl and Query). In this post, I’ll document some of my experiences and insights on AAMs. Note: “Plan alternate access mappings (Office SharePoint Server)” is the best…

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Beware crawling the non-Default zone for a SharePoint 2013 Web Application

Update: I’ve now published another post “Problems Crawling the non-Default zone *Explained” that goes on to explain the underlying behaviors that I warned about and described in this post… ————————————— After playing for a while with SharePoint 2013 Search, I thought we were out of the woods regarding crawls of the non-Default Alternate Access Mapping (AAM)…

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