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Announcing the Microsoft Enterprise Search User Group

I’m very excited to announce that Natalya Voskresenskaya, my fellow SharePoint MVP and partner (with far less help from me than she deserved) is launching a new user group devoted to enterprise search based on Microsoft technology. As a practical m…

Governance and SharePoint Search – It’s Never Too Late to Start

I wrote an article (http://searchwinit.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid1_gci1345231_mem1,00.html#) for SearchWinIT.com on governance as it relates to SharePoint Search. It’s not in my usual "voice" but that’s editing for you Here…

Services on Server Does Not List Search — Why?

I was chatting today with Agnes Molnar (the only person I know that I know in Hungary) about a strange search configuration problem. Namely, search was missing from the "services on server" display (via Central Admin -> Operations -> …

Quick Tip: Use “IsDocument:1″ to Trim Search Results

Update 11/03/08: Fellow MVP Mike Walsh correctly points out that this is a WSS 3.0 / MOSS feature. It does not work in WSS 2.0 or earlier. Updatte 11/03/08: (Second update in one day!): Be sure to read the excellent comment from "nowise" for…

Has Your Search Committee Met This Month?

It’s the beginning of the month and now is as good a time as any for your company’s search committee to get together and analyze Best Bets, successful and not so successful searches, etc. You don’t have a search committee? Then form…

Configure Thesaurus in MOSS

I’m working on an architecture review document this week and it suggests, among other things, that the client consider using the thesaurus to help improve the end user search experience. Having never done this myself, I wanted to do a quick han…

SharePoint and FAST — the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups of Enterprise Apps?

I’ve finished up day 2 of FAST training in sunny Needham, MA, and I’m bursting with ideas (which all the good training classes do to me). One particular aspect of FAST has me thinking and I wanted to write it down while it was still fresh…

Faceted Search Fence Sitter No More

I had reason today to play about with the codeplex faceted search project today. It’s been around for a while, but I hesitated to download and use it for the usual reasons (mainly lack of time), plus outright fear If you’re looking to…

SharePoint Wildcard Search: “Pro” Is Not a Stem of “Programming”

On the MSDN search forum, people often ask a question like this: "I have a document named ‘Programming Guide’ but when I search for ‘Pro’ search does not find it." It may not feel like it, but that amounts to a wildcar…