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Wrapping Up Our Commentary on Our SharePoint 2010 Search Webinar

This post is the last installment in our series of comments on a webinar published recently on SharePoint 2010 Search. A subscription to SharePoint-Videos.com is required to view this webinar.

Joshua Noble notes that the search engine for SharePoint 2010 is configured to analyze the first 50 results to any search query. Users who require that the search engine analyze in excess of 50 results will need to instruct the search engine to analyze more results via a setting in the Search Refinement panel. The maximum number of results that the search engine can be instructed to analyze is 500. Users also need to keep in mind that programming the search engine to analyze a larger number of results than the default value of 50 may require additional resources; therefore, it makes sense to exercise restraint when increasing the number of results. For users who have purchased Fast Search for SharePoint 2010, the Fast Search Engine can be configured to analyze an entire set of results.

Joshua Noble demonstrates that the default configuration needs to be de-selected by removing the check from the box for this option, if customization is to be enabled via the Search Refinements panel. It should be noted that the example that Joshua Noble presents, along with the modifications that he makes to the default search results are likely to be of interest to users from heavily regulated industries.

In fact, the example results are chosen from clinical research trial subject matter. Enabling counts to tally up the number of instances that an author’s name, or a topic heading appears across a range of documents can be helpful to personnel responsible for reviewing document libraries, and even individual documents for compliancw with specific regulations or policies otherwise mandated. Therefore, interested parties from regulated industries will likely benefit from a review of this webinar.

It is recommended to work with scopes when a custom search form must be built. It should be noted that where the objective is to provide custom search forms to multiple audiences, the actual configuration of the scope is complex and not demonstrated in this webinar. The process of implementing a scope amounts to either creating a search center based around the scope, or simply adding multiple tabs to a search form page, with a specific tab added for each of the special criteria included in the custom search form.

The remainder of this webinar is taken up with Joshua Noble’s answers to specific questions from the audience.

Ira Michael Blonder

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