SharePoint 2010 Search Requirement Planning Basics

SharePoint Search must be carefully planned to include several essential components for a successful implementation. In a video tutorial titled SharePoint search requirement planning basics, Robert Piddocke presents the requirement planning steps stakeholders should take to ensure a successful implementation of this feature. A subscription to SharePoint-Videos is required to view the tutorial. The intended audience for this video tutorial are SharePoint Administrators and stakeholders. Most of the work amounts to capacity planning for performance, scalability, availability and security. It makes sense to add budgeting to this list. For some organizations it may make sense to provision an entirely separate…
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The SharePoint Search Service Application includes an enterprise search engine. How do SharePoint Administrators input information to the search engine? In a video tutorial titled Adding Content Sources and Federated Locations in SharePoint 2010, Robert Piddocke ” . . . an author of multiple Search related books . . .” demonstrates how to identify internal content repositories (file shares) and external equivalents to the crawler feature of the SharePoint Search Service Application. Another option discussed in this tutorial is to “federate” an external content search source (for example, Google, or Youtube), which will add results to the SharePoint Search results…
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SharePoint Search is Designed to Support Collaboration

SharePoint 2010 or 2013 search is designed to support collaboration. Personnel listings in Active Directory are matched up to documents and lists in search results. SharePoint users can quickly identify people from search results. If collaboration is important for business users looking for an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system, they should consider SharePoint 2013. In a video entitled “Show Me How: The Elusive Chris Smith – Use SharePoint search to find the right people faster” Microsoft demonstrates in no more than a few moments how people can be quickly identified with SharePoint search. This video is included in the Show…
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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 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….
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The Search Refiners Panel for SharePoint 2010 Search Center can be Customized by Users

Joshua Noble prefaced his presentation for our webinar on SharePoint 2010: Search, by noting that ” . . . [he] wanted to take a look at . . . how we expose to the users the things we’ve done on the backend” (quoted from our webinar). It’s worth noting that these “things we’ve done on the backend” refers to the presentation that Robert Piddocke has just concluded. Of course, the primary venue for what Joshua repeatedly refers to as the “search experience” for users is the SharePoint Search Center. As Joshua Noble notes, SharePoint 2010 offers a basic and enterprise…
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Mapping Content Type to Custom Crawl Properties Won’t Work for SharePoint 2010 Search

Robert Piddocke mentions a popular managed property, “Content Type.” He notes that users who intent to use this managed property as a method of adding information to the search index will be disappointed. In fact this managed property is locked, and not configurable by the user. He demonstrates in this webinar how users can and should actually create a custom managed property to produce information about types of content that can be crawled, and, subsequently, added to the search index. Of course a very important aspect of creating a custom managed property for the purpose of exposing information about types…
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Some User Dissatisfaction with SharePoint 2010 Search can be Remedied by Adding File Types and Content Filters

This is the second post in our series on a new set of high level specialized video training content for SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2010: Search. A truly useful search service is, of course, a key component of an overall offering of SharePoint 2010 that successfully delivers high percentages of user adoption. In 2013, search is an integral component of daily desktop computing. It makes little sense to build document libraries for SharePoint 2010 if users are unable, subsequently, to locate the information they need quickly. Nevertheless, as Robert Piddocke remarks in his presentation, one of the most common complaints he…
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Video Training on SharePoint 2010 Search Now Available on

On January 24, 2013 Asif Rehmani, SharePoint MVP, MCT and President of Rehmani Consulting, Inc. hosted a webinar on SharePoint 2010 Search. Participating in this webinar along with Asif Rehmani were 2 co-authors of Pro SharePoint 2010 Search, Josh Noble and Robert Piddoke. The occasion prompting this webinar was the public release of a new training set on, SharePoint 2010: Search. This set of training content on search, which is, undoubtedly, an important feature of an implementation of SharePoint 2010 is available for purchase for either unlimited individual viewing, or for unlimited viewing by groups of any size within…
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With FAST Search Largely Incorporated into SharePoint 2013 Out of the Box Search Service, Implementing Taxonomies Delivers Meaningful Benefits

As we mentioned at the start of this series on search for SharePoint 2013. FAST search, as an added feature, is no longer an option for SharePoint 2013. With the added performance now built into SharePoint 2013’s out of the box search service, we think learning to successfully implement best practices for working with terms, the Term Store, and, more broadly, taxonomies, become more valuable activities, especially for any organization which plans to implement SharePoint 2013 for enterprise document or content management, collaboration or governance. Rehmani Consulting, Inc.’s set of video training content, SharePoint 2010: Taxonomy Management DVD is as…
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