Vedant Kulshreshtha

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  • Blog Post: Download: Enterprise Search Labs

    The Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Search training course provides a series of hands-on labs, presentations, and videos that demonstrate how to enable high-end enterprise search with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. Following Lab contents...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Search Evaluation Guides available

    The Enterprise Search Evaluation Guides for SharePoint 2010 product family are now available from the Microsoft Download Center now. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Search Evaluation Guide - describes the enterprise search features of SharePoint Server 2010 and familiarizes readers with...
  • Blog Post: FAST ESP: The Product and its Roadmap

    This is the first post from a planned series on the FAST ESP platform to increase product awareness in the SharePoint community. This post builds on the basic FAST information I shared in my blog post – “ FAST and SharePoint 2007 ” last month. Target Segment The enterprise search market is broken...
  • Blog Post: FAST ESP: Content available on Microsoft's Enteprise Search website

    Microsoft's Enterprise Search website contains information on search products, including FAST ESP . You can also read about the Enteprise search solutions - Enterprise Search for Internet Business and Enterprise Search for Business Productivity here. Speaking of the amount of technical content on...
  • Blog Post: Hiding Contextual Search Scopes in SharePoint using JavaScript

    In SharePoint 2007, custom Search scopes can be enabled in a Site Collection through Site Settings > Search Settings page. You can use Site Settings > Scopes page to view and manage search scopes. After configuring, you will notice that the search scopes dropdown list has few more search scopes...
  • Blog Post: Best practices for search in SharePoint Server 2010

    A new TechNet article - Best practices for search in SharePoint Server 2010 describes best practices for configuring and maintaining search in SharePoint Server 2010. Personally, practice #4 was new to me 4. Defragment the search database - The search database contains metadata and ACLs of crawled...
  • Blog Post: FAST and SharePoint 2007

    For some time, I have been working on pre-sales engagements for FAST search based solutions. I get lot of queries from SharePoint developers/architects - what is "FAST" and how it works with SharePoint etc. I am sharing some information below. The links within this post will take you to webpages with...
  • Blog Post: Information on FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint

    As I mentioned in my earlier post - Search Technologies for SharePoint 2010 Products , FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint is the new search SKU in SharePoint 2010 product family. (download this technical diagram to see a comparison of search capabilities across 5 search options to choose from) ...
  • Blog Post: FAST ESP: Different ways to retrieve Content

    Content retrieval is done very differently in FAST then in SharePoint 2007. FAST ESP may retrieve content from the data sources using two broad approaches: 1) Content Pull : this approach leverages content connectors to retrieve the information via standard APIs or interfaces provided by the source...
  • Blog Post: FAST ESP: How Relevancy works?

    Relevancy is the measure of how well a set of documents (results) answers or addresses the intent of a given query. When there are many query matches, the search engines must rank the results by relevance score, sorting the results listing so that the pages most likely to be useful will appear first...
  • Blog Post: Update to the Microsoft Enterprise Search Roadmap

    February seems to be the favored month for Search roadmap updates in Microsoft. On Feb 10, 2009 the Microsoft Unveils New Enterprise Search Road Map press release disclosed a detailed road map from Microsoft for its enterprise search products, including the introduction of FAST Search for SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Autonomy acquires Interwoven

    On 22nd Jan, Autonomy announced agreement to acquire Interwoven for US$775 million approx. (ref: Press release ). Leslie Owens mentions in Forrester Research blog (ref: Autonomy Acquires Interwoven — What It Means For Search ) - "... Since 2005, Autonomy has acquired technology for search (Verity...
  • Blog Post: FAST Index Markup Language (FIXML) format

    In the FAST search system, an item processing service performs required processing on content retrieved to prepare it for indexing. Examples of item processing are mapping of crawled properties to managed properties, parsing of document formats, linguistic normalization of text, and normalization of...
  • Blog Post: FAST ESP: Architecture

    FAST ESP is built on a distributed system architecture that enables any type of information to be accessed through core search and filter engines. Incoming content is fed through a number of processors that automatically extract information, generate document summaries, and utilize metadata information...
  • Blog Post: Search Engine Optimization in SharePoint

    What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)? As Google's Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide aptly puts it - “Search engine optimization is about putting your site's best foot forward when it comes to visibility in search engines”. How to Optimize? There is lot of material available on the...
  • Blog Post: FAST Search System Overview

    Expanding on the brief information in Information on FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint , this post is on what the components of FAST search system are and what function they perform. This should help you understand the FAST search system better. Please note that most information in this post...
  • Blog Post: FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint specific indexing connectors

    Most content sources can be crawled using the integrated indexing connectors in SharePoint Server 2010. These indexing connectors are set up by configuring the FAST Search connector Content Search Service Application (Content SSA). In addition to these, FAST Search for SharePoint includes three FAST...
  • Blog Post: FAST ESP: Linguistics Processing Features

    FAST ESP performs linguistic processing: at the document level – during document processing, and at the query level – during query and result processing This helps it provide more relevant search results to users. On the query side, linguistic processing results in a query transformation...
  • Blog Post: FAST University - Courses available

    In case you want structured training to learn FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint , you can check out the courses available from the FAST University. Microsoft's FAST University is a structured learning service that provides technical training for customers and partners who want to gain an in...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint ‘Strong Positive’ on Gartner’s Enterprise Search MarketScope

    The new 2011 Enterprise Search MarketScope by Gartner was recently published (link: MarketScope for Enterprise Search ). Microsoft is again ranked a ‘ Strong Positive ,’ the highest ranking given on the report. Gartner indicates that “Microsoft has surged to a leadership position...
  • Blog Post: Update: SharePoint 2010 documentation

    Since posting my last blog post - SharePoint 2010 documentation now available , I came across some more content available on Microsoft Download Center. Given below are the new resources I found: SharePoint 2010: Developer Platform White Paper - An Introduction for ASP.NET Solution Architects by David...
  • Blog Post: FAST ESP: Feature Snapshot

    FAST ESP is a feature rich search platform; no doubt about that. To give my readers, especially SharePoint 2007 developers/architects, an idea of what it provides, given below are some of FAST ESP features in an alphabetical order: Capability Description Advanced Linguistics...
  • Blog Post: Search Technologies for SharePoint 2010 Products

    When compared to SharePoint 2007, one more search technology option - FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint has been added to SharePoint 2010 product family. Options now available are: Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 search Microsoft Search Server 2010 Express Microsoft Search Server...
  • Blog Post: iFilter options to index PDF files in SharePoint 2007

    To full-text index the PDF files in SharePoint 2007, most customers use the free PDF iFilter from Adobe. It's sort of the "default" option. There is a choice available though and it's always good to know the options :-) Choices (in alphabetical order) available are: Adobe : Adobe PDF iFilter...
  • Blog Post: Firefox Add-on from Microsoft

    Microsoft's Live Search team has released a search add-on for Firefox browser. You can use this add-on to get to your results faster via Microsoft Live Search auto suggestions. Beatrice Oltean and Debapriya Ray have blogged about it on the Live Search blog : Live Search autosuggestions come to Firefox...