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 [...]

Deleting a Federated Location via the API

I’m working on a SharePoint feature which will automatically add a federated search location on feature activation and which will delete it on de-activation. To accomplish this I use the Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Administration.SearchServiceApplication class, and more specifically the AddNewLocationConfiguration and DeleteLocationConfiguration methods. I tried to use the same methods of the SearchServiceApplicationProxy first, but there seems to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Adding new nicknames to SharePoint People Search

Out of the box SharePoint 2010 comes with a pretty good people search. This is due to a combination of phonetic rules and a vast list of nicknames. Out of the box the US English nickname list consists of over 14.000 nickname mappings, ensuring good results when trying to find people. But what if you [...]

Prototyping pipeline stages in PowerShell

The defacto way of creating a custom pipeline stage in FAST for SharePoint is to create an executable file which reads and writes an xml file. This usually implies having Visual Studio available and compiling and deploying a new file each time you make a change in order to test it in a proper pipeline. [...]

Using the SharePoint Search “Best Bet” feature to redirect to a landing page

[Cross-posted from Tech And Me] As described on TechNet: Best Bets are recommended results. Best Bets can link to recommended Web sites, data stores, and documents. When a user includes a keyword or one of its synonyms in a query, the search results page features links to its associated Best Bets in a prominent position. [...]

How to: Frame a search center with little work

Lately I have encountered several customs who deploy search from SharePoint 2010, but they still have other solutions running on MOSS 2007 or other portal frameworks. Instead of creating custom solutions using the search service on SharePoint 2010, framing is a quick solution to get you up and running. One way is to create a [...]


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