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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