How to get complete search results in Outlook 2013

After upgrading to Outlook 2013, me and my colleagues were annoyed by the search results in Outlook 2013. Typically, if you search for a common term, you get at most a page-full of results, with the most recent hits. Something like this: There is link at the bottom, saying “More”, but clicking this one never…

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Moving from Search to Apps

  For the last seven years, since I joined Fast Search & Transfer in 2005, search technology has been my core interest and expertise. It has been a fun journey, bringing me from Melbourne to San Francisco, via Amman and Paris. But just as rewarding, is the journey from novice to expert – from seeing…

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Contextual search not working with alternate accessing mapping

  Background In our project, we are exposing the same SharePoint farms both outside and inside the company firewalls. For this, we are using Alternate Access Mapping (AAM) with a setup like this: Zone Url Purpose Default http://team.example.com Internal users and crawling External https://team.example.com External users IMPORTANT NOTE: A dedicated services farm was used for…

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How to disable phonetic search for the federated people search

I was at a presentation during the SharePoint Conference 2011 where one of the presenters said that she would like to have the option of turning off the phonetic search option when showing federated people results. She said she hoped this would be added as an ability in the next version of SharePoint. I thought…

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Export SharePoint Wiki to Word/PDF without 3rd party tools

Background In our project, we use the SharePoint 2010 wiki to document our solutions. We needed to export this in PDF format when releasing the solution to production, so that we could pass over a formal documentation set to the operations team, and not just refer to a constantly changing wiki, which also had a…

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Wider refinement panel – with no access to backend

I had the challenge that the standard search refiners were not wide enough to accomodate the values we had coming back. In the “Refinement” web part, you can increase the number of characters that are displayed. So I started with that. Here is a similar scenario using the downloadable demo VM from Microsoft: As you…

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Rank tuning in FAST Search for SharePoint – the quick, easy and flexible way

On TechNet, there is documentation on how to tune ranking using a custom rank profile. This procedure is somewhat cumbersome, and does not allow the full flexibility provided by the FQL xrank operator. Fortunately, there is an easier way, which also opens up for arbitrary xrank statements. Let us take an example. We want to…

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See what actually gets indexed in FAST

When FAST Search for SharePoint indexes documents, it uses an internal format known as Fixml (Fast Internal XML). This represents the exact data which get indexed. Being able to inspect this can be useful for troubleshooting such as lemmatised forms of nouns and adjectives refiner values tokenization of terms etc.  Fixml is stored in gzip’ed…

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Debugging and tracing FAST Search pipeline extensibility stages

The pipeline extensibility stage that comes with FAST Search for SharePoint is a powerful tool, but it can be a little awkward to work with. The official MSDN documentation, http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff795801.aspx#pipeline-ext-ifilter, gives you enough to get you started, but I though I would share some additional best practices. Specifically, I wanted to be able to see…

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