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Oh No - Your BCS Model Doesn't Show Up When You Create a Content Source For BDC
First let me point out that I gratuitously co-mingled the terms "BCS" and "BDC" in the title because I honestly never know what to call this anymore (I've heard the marketing language before but it just ain't stickin'). So...today's post is something that I thought...
15 Jan 2014
You Get More Results in the Query Builder for a Web Part Than When the Web Part is Rendered on the Page in SharePoint 2013
I’ve had this issue happen to me a while back and then I saw two other people have the same problem in the last couple of weeks so I decided to do a quick post on this. The scenario usually manifests itself something like this: you are working on some kind of custom search application – like...
26 Dec 2013
Creating Refinable and Sortable Managed Properties in Sites and Site Collections in SharePoint 2013
Someone was asking today about how to create a managed property at the site or site collection level that is refinable and sortable. When you go into Schema Management at the site collection level you may notice that you can create new managed properties, but only simple ones that are based on string...
4 Apr 2013
Resolving the Directory Links Across Partitions are not Allowed Error When Crawling OData BDC Sources
I've been seeing this error more and more recently, both inside and outside the walls of my employers. The Directory Links across partitions are not allowed error seems to routinely crop up when you have created an OData source with Visual Studio and have uploaded the model to the BDC in SharePoint....
4 Feb 2013
Another Port Opening for Search in SharePoint 2013
My friend JP is hard at work finding all the port openings we need that haven't gotten completely documented yet, and here's a new one. (By the way, these all ARE working their way into TechNet, it will just take a month or two probably for them to find their way there). If you have firewall turned on...
1 Feb 2013
Getting a Full Result Set from a Remote SharePoint Index in SharePoint 2013
This post is in follow up to a previous post about setting up an OAuth trust between two farms: http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2012/07/23/setting-up-an-oauth-trust-between-farms-in-sharepoint-2013.aspx . The primary reason for writing that post was to describe how to set up an OAuth trust...
25 Jan 2013
Create An Easy PDF Preview for Search Results in SharePoint 2013
I saw this question flying around the other day and thought it was kind of interesting. Someone was asking about the cool new thumbnail previews you get for items in search results in SharePoint 2013. They really liked how Microsoft Office documents work and wanted to be able to do the same thing with...
20 Dec 2012
Using User Context (AKA Segmentation) in Search with SharePoint 2013
Using a context to represent the current user in search was something that we first introduced in FAST Search for SharePoint 2010. If you're interested in how it worked back then you can take a look at this post: http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2009/12/09/using-custom-properties-to-create...
2 Dec 2012
Hybrid Features In SharePoint 2013 and Office 365
For those of you that haven't heard yet, we have some great new features in SharePoint 2013 that enable hybrid environments between on-premises and o365 farms. These features allow you to use your BCS applications you have on premise in your o365 farm, and also to be able to see search results from one...
13 Nov 2012
How to Configure the Global Search Center Url for SharePoint 2013 using PowerShell
I had this question come up today and it was a little bit of work to track down so I thought I would share here. In SharePoint 2013 the Search Service Application has something called a Global Search Center Url. In the absence of any other configuration, this is where folks will get redirected...
29 Oct 2012
Creating Managed Properties in a Site Collection in SharePoint 2013
There are many cool things about search in SharePoint 2013, and one that I think is really going to help growing search verticals for departments and business units is the ability to create managed properties down to the site collection level. Managed properties are frequently used in search verticals...
25 Aug 2012
Searching Property Bags in SharePoint 2013
This is one of the 1001 or great new things about search in SharePoint 2013. In fact if I had the copious free time that would actually be kind of a fun challenge, writing a 1001 new things I like about Search, but I digress. In this particular case, I'm talking about adding properties to a property...
6 Aug 2012
Debugging Display Templates
23 Jul 2012
Using Query Rules, Result Types and Display Templates for a Custom Search Sales Report in SharePoint 2013
<Standard Disclaimer: Blog formatting sucks. Do your eyes a favor - download the attachment, which is the Word document version of this.) UPDATE: a few things have changed for RTM so I am updating this post and adding the artifacts I used to create everything. Okay, a long title for today’s...
23 Jul 2012
When Do You Need to Install a Custom Claims Provider for Search in SharePoint 2010
We've been having a few good (meaning "interesting") discussions lately about custom claims providers and search. As it turns out, there are instances when you need to install your custom claim provider on a search box ("box" being something I'll define down below) in order to get security trimming working...
21 Mar 2012
Troubleshooting Tip for Debugging Crawl Issues in SharePoint 2010
I recently came across a very nice troubleshooting methodology when I was trying to debug some authentication issues that were occurring during a SharePoint 2010 crawl. I was getting some errors and also having difficulty getting the information I needed out of the crawl log to some other issues that...
1 May 2011
Debugging the Crawler Parsing in FAST Search for SharePoint 2010
I was recently clued into an pretty interesting little tool that can be useful when debugging how a document is crawled using FAST Search for SharePoint 2010. It will crack a document and break out for you exactly what properties are being extracted and with what values, as well as how it’s crawling...
3 Nov 2010
Finding Which Crawled Property Data Types Match a Managed Property Data Type in SharePoint 2010
Not sure how often this will come up, but it was something that took me a while to track down so I thought I'd share here. Suppose you are working with a ManagedProperty in SharePoint search, and you want to look at mapping it to a crawled property. Now a managed property usually just has one of about...
21 Aug 2010
Unexpected Error When Adding a Search Connector Link from SharePoint 2010 to Windows 7
Search connector links are a really slick feature that integrates SharePoint 2010 search with Windows 7. When you search in a SharePoint 2010 site from a Windows 7 machine, you will see a little icon in the search results on the top left part of the results pane. It looks like a folder with a magnifying...
8 Mar 2010
Why Can't I Save My Changes to the Refiner Web Part in SharePoint 2010
Hey folks, here's a problem that keeps coming up over and over again, and I'll admit it confused me for some time as well. The refiner web part, for those of you who aren't familiar with it, is used on the search results page in SharePoint 2010. It's designed to give you a faceted search experience,...
22 Feb 2010
Getting Search Service Applications and Proxies in SharePoint 2010 Object Model
I've been doing a lot of digging around this topic this morning for my Search Explorer for Developers application (more on that in a future post). In general it can be kind of tough to get search service applications and proxies when working without an HttpContext (like in a winforms app). Even with...
20 Feb 2010
Manually Adding Query Suggestions in SharePoint 2010
One of the great new features around Search in SharePoint 2010 is the concept of query suggestions. There are pre-query and post-query suggestions. A pre-query suggestion is a type-ahead feature that appears in the search box on the search page. As you start typing in your query, SharePoint will go find...
17 Feb 2010
Use LINQ to Find All Web Applications that Use a Specific Service Application in SharePoint 2010
I was working on some code today when I had a bit of an unusual problem. I had a SearchServiceApplicationProxy and I wanted to find out all of the web applications that were using it. There were a few different routes I could take, most of them which would require churning through some number of collections...
30 Jan 2010
Using Custom Properties to create a FAST Search for SharePoint 2010 User Context
A User Context is a cool thing in FAST Search for SharePoint that allows you to target search results based on contextual information about a person. It could be what department they're in, what group they work for, etc. You can create different user contexts and associate them with best bets. That allows...
9 Dec 2009
Using the New SharePoint 2010 Ratings Feature in Search
In this blog I thought I’d show how to use some of the cool new features in SharePoint 2010 with some of our old favorites from SharePoint 2007 to create an interesting search results experience. We’re going to do all of this WITHOUT WRITING ANY CODE! Even though Steve is a developer, he empathizes with...
29 Oct 2009
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