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On the Features and Components of Search for SharePoint 2013

SharePoint administrators, developers, architects and even stakholders should develop a clear understanding of any/all new features debuted with SharePoint Server 2013 required for successful activities by SharePoint users. One of these popular activities is SharePoint Search.

In a video tutorial included in our SP13-305 SharePiont 2013: Search set, titled What’s New in SharePoint 2013 Search?, Agnes Molnar, SharePoint MVP and published author presents a number of new features worth a review.

The video opens not with a new feature, but with a description of an important new search architecture for 2013. Agnes Molnar explains the dual core architecture of SharePoint Server 2010, which included an out of the box search service as well as a search service capable of delivering the “Fast” search product.

With 2013 dual cores have been replaced with a single search core. So “Fast” is no longer an option. In fact, the single search core is built on the “Fast” architecture.

A benefit of this change, as Agnes Molnar observes, is less requirement for systems administration. Without a separate core, there is no need to install, configure and/or even integrate search with the rest of the SharePoint Server 2013 architecture. Molnar refers to the process of working with the dual core system as very “complex”. With SharePoint Server 2013 less complexity should translate into lower implementation costs for organizations looking to build a robust search feature for SharePoint users.

A new single core for search for SharePoint Server 2013 has been coupled with a new crawl service (including a new “continuous crawl” capability), a new content processing system, and, finally, a new method of indexing content.

These new components have enabled a new way for users to query SharePoint 2013 repositories. Agnes Molnar notes the user interface options are not restricted to browsers. APIs can be used to enable applications to provide their users with an ability to query SharePoint Server 2013 search directly, without any need for browser communication.

The new features amount to a “lot of new analytics”, as Agnes Molnar notes.

Ira Michael Blonder

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