Once upon a time, there was a company called FAST…

…that came out of nowhere, worked its way to the top, and then all of a sudden earlier this year disappeared for good. Time has come to say farewell.

Best Bets – and nothing but the Best Bets!

In FAST Search for SharePoint (FS4SP), Best Bets are result items that are added manually to the results of a search query. But unless you edit the web part, FS4SP will also show you the Keyword Definition along with the Best Bets. Or…?

How FS4SP primary keys work

Just like in most systems that contains data, each indexed content item in FAST Search for SharePoint (FS4SP) is associated with a certain primary key. No surprises here – in order to update or remove an item from the index, the system must be able to uniquely identify it. For the most part, Microsoft has [...]

User-Centric Design for Deploying FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint

The presentation I gave on behalf of Comperio at the 2011 Sharepoint Conferance in Anaheim California is now online here. It discusses a strategy for overcoming the challenges that implementers will face when creating internal search applications. In brief, everybody knows that user-experience (UX) is paramount, so why do organisational dynamics conspire to prioritise UX [...]

Learning about nctrl, and disabling the FAST Search Web crawler

In FAST Search for SharePoint (FS4SP), there are two methods for crawling web sites. Either use the built-in SharePoint crawler on your FAST Content SSA, or use the far more advanced FAST Search Web crawler. For most small web crawls, it’s not necessary to use the latter, but instead much easier to set up a [...]

Document Thumbnails and PowerPoint Preview for your search results without installing FAST for SharePoint

[Originally posted at: http://techmikael.blogspot.com/2011/05/document-thumbnails-and-powerpoint.html] Microsoft offers three different flavors of search for SharePoint 2010: Foundation, Standard and Enterprise. For each level upwards you get more feature and better search capabilities. One of the visual features included with FAST for SharePoint is Thumbnails and Previews for the search results, as listed on the comparison table below (Compare [...]

The True Value of Enterprise Search Technology

Technology has no inherent business value. Technology doesn’t provide improved findabiliy, decision-making or knowledge management by itself. Technology just provides features that help users perform tasks, thereby reaching their goals. Only when user goals and business goals align, can you hope to create business value. Without people, there is no purpose – and without purpose, [...]

Working with crawled and managed properties via code

I was teaching a FAST for SharePoint Workshop today and we were doing labs on creating and mapping crawled properties to managed properties with the FAST Administration UI and via PowerShell. But one student wanted to know how to do this in code, hence this blog post. Instead of having a deployment script creating your [...]

Query Suggestions in FAST Search for SharePoint 2010 (FS4SP)

Adding query suggestions to your search solution is a feature that can contribute to a better search experience for end-users. First of all, it makes us save time as we don’t have to type in the entire query. Secondly, it can help the user avoid potential spelling errors,  which in turn can reduce the quality of the [...]

Three Main Reasons Why You Should Upgrade to FAST for SharePoint

I was fortunate to be one of three finalists in SharePoint Magazine’s Aspiring Author Contest. Today the article went live and I’m quite happy about it. You can read the article over at SharePoint Magazine, and if you like it feel free to click the Facebook Like button at the end. The other two finalists [...]


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