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  • Blog Post: FAST Search Content SSA Architecture Demystified

    I was recently working with a large enterprise customer trying to understand how they should design their FAST Search Content SSA architecture to handle their indexing throughput, indexing priority and high availability requirements for index freshness. Prior to this engagement, this element of the FAST...
  • Blog Post: Smoke testing a FAST for SharePoint install

    One of the things I like to do after first installing and configuring FAST, and before trying to connect the SharePoint SSA's is to test the FAST install to make sure that basic indexing and search are working. None of this is rocket science but I got tired of typing it by hand each time and wrapped...
  • Blog Post: Quick Hits: Dealing with managed properties in the search center XSLT

    Even though you've named your managed property using mixed capitalization, doesn't mean you can refer to it that way in the Search Core Results web part's XSLT. You will need to lowercase them. See HitHighlightedProperties for an example in the default XSLT. For more, see the official low-down on...
  • Blog Post: Getting the current user’s alias

    For a project I’m working on, I needed to know what the logged in user’s account alias was. Looking around I found examples that would make a ajax call out to the profile page and parse the results. This seemed like overkill for what I wanted and on a whim I decided to view-source on the...
  • Blog Post: Quick Hits: Using a custom property with hit highlighting

    So you have a managed property with SummaryType set to Dynamic and you want to use that in the FAST Search Center but your results show up with <c0> tags instead of highlighted terms? In the Core Results XSLT, replace the following: <xsl:when test="hithighlightedsummary[. != '']"> <xsl...
  • Blog Post: Quick Hits: Mapping a crawled property that contains TextChunks

    This is quite an edge case, but someone may run into it again. Inside the FAST pipeline, there are two string types. Plain old strings and TextChunks. TextChunks are used to be able to efficiently handle large strings that may need to be modified. In my case today I had a copy of the body which was...
  • Blog Post: Anti-Virus settings and Pipeline Extensibility

    If you’re using Pipeline Extensibility in Fast Search for SharePoint, you may know that files are written to a local directory for your program to work on before getting dumped back into the pipeline. This directory is: <Fast user’s home directory>\AppData\LocalLow Assuming you haven’t changed...
  • Blog Post: BCS and FAST: Introduction and first steps

    Introduction SharePoint 2010 Business Connectivity Services (BCS) is, generally speaking, a way to both bring line-of-business data into SharePoint and allows changes to flow back from SharePoint to the line-of-business applications. For a good overview, check out the MSDN Magazine article Using Business...