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    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: SP2013: Getting at the Search Results web part Search Criteria via PowerShell

    Back in the SharePoint 2010 days to change the source of the Core Results Web Part you would simply set the Scope property on the web part object and be done with it.  In SharePoint 2013 we have query builders and result sources and things aren’t quite as straight forward. First things first, lets...
  • Blog Post: Updating SP2013 refiners using PowerShell

    In SharePoint 2010, changes to the refiners were made using the the FilterCategoriesDefinition property of the refiners web part which held an XML blob. In SharePoint 2013 we instead do this using the SelectedRefinementControlsJson property. As the name implies, the configuration is now in JSON format...
  • Blog Post: Creating Result Sources using PowerShell

    This post describes how to create a search result source using PowerShell. The GUI is easy enough but scripting is optimal as you promote configurations across environments. I was compelled to write this post because I’ve found a few posts out on the internet that don’t appear to be correct. As a pre...