Category Archives: FS4SP

The 4 Essential Concepts You Need to Know To Use Any Search Engine Efficiently

When you go to your insert-search-application-name-here enter a query and hit the search button, what exactly are you searching on? One of the hardest things to do in IT (or in any field, really) is to sometimes take a step … Continue reading

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How to get authenticated/secure results through the QRServer in FAST Search for SharePoint

I received an email from an ex-student today that forced me to remember how to send an authenticated query to the QRServer in FAST Search for SharePoint. The reason for doing this is that when you issue a query through … Continue reading

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How “Remove Duplicate Results” works in FAST Search for SharePoint

This is a question that I have received quite a few times, and this time I thought I would get some screenshots and detail the process a little bit in here so that other folks can take advantage of this … Continue reading

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How to force an item to be removed from the index immediately with FAST Search for SharePoint

Very important reminder: the tip below will explain how to remove an item from the index, yet this does not prevent it from being picked up during the next crawl (full/incremental). In order to prevent the item from being crawled … Continue reading

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Understanding Crawled Properties, Managed Properties and Full-text Index – Part 1

A while ago I received an email from a previous student asking my thoughts about an issue in his environment. He was crawling some content that had a metadata he wanted to use as the title for the items indexed, … Continue reading

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Working with FAST Search for SharePoint and Multivalued Properties

Imagine the following scenario. You have some content in a database (or file share, or SharePoint site), and this content has some metadata that is comprised of multiple values for one specific field, such as a list of authors in … Continue reading

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SharePoint Search and FAST Search for SharePoint Architecture Diagrams – Fault Tolerance and Performance

Update: For those interested in watching a presentation of this content below you can download (right-click and select “Save target as..”) and watch this video here (200+ MB) that was recorded during a webcast on 2011-07-27. My presentation starts at … Continue reading

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Learning roadmap for Search in SharePoint 2010 (including FAST Search for SharePoint) – Part 2: Planning, Scale, Installation and Deployment, and Crawling

Did you enjoy your break since our last post in the series, when we finished up with some architecture diagrams for both SharePoint Search and FAST Search for SharePoint? Now let’s have a deeper look into some of those components, … Continue reading

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Learning roadmap for Search in SharePoint 2010 (including FAST Search for SharePoint) – Part 1: Search 101 and Architecture

If you want to learn about search in SharePoint 2010, there is so much information everywhere, spread across many sites, in different media formats that it would be a daunting task to try and make sense of it all. That’s … Continue reading

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Reasons to go with FAST Search for SharePoint instead of regular SharePoint 2010 Search

A question I have been getting a lot lately is this: “With all the improvements in the out-of-the-box search experience in SharePoint 2010, why would I go with FAST Search for SharePoint? What are the main motivations to do that?” … Continue reading

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