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Jeremy Thake and a bunch of search geeks got together and produced a great guide for creating an Employee Directory. Get your copy from Hyperfish at: https://www.hyperfish.com/employee-directory-signup This will get you a copy of the guide and a link to download the files. He and Mark Anderson also did a whole podcast on the topic. (https://blog.hyperfish.com/employee-directory-in-office-365-and-sharepoint-) There is a ton of great information in the guide and a step by step walk-through of the process. Read More →

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I was asked to have a look at an old unanswered question on Stack Exchange: “Can you create a Query Rule that matches in the middle of the query?”. Challenge accepted. I looked at all of the other options and they either match the beginning, the end, or the entire query. This was SharePoint Enterprise. Good thing. SharePoint Online does not support RegEx in Query Rules, but SharePoint Enterprise does.

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I have been working on a client’s project using Azure Automation and Flow to stitch together a solution for easily managing default column metadata in SharePoint Online. (More on that later.) I am using the PnP PowerShell to handle the heavy lifting in my automation scripts. One component I was struggling with was writing complex values back to the list that originates the flow. Specifically, I encountered issues when setting the value of a SPUrl field when the URL contains a comma. Read More →

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I have a client who is transitioning from SharePoint on-premises search to hybrid search with Office 365 and SharePoint Online. They are looking forward to removing several servers from their farm that are currently dedicated to the Indexing and Content Processing roles. They plan to collapse their Search Topology down to two redundant crawlers. This simpler topology is one of the big benefits of Hybrid Search with the SharePoint Cloud Index. Read More →

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This is part 5 of a multi part series on how to use Content Types and SharePoint Search to build search solutions. In this series, I am using the case of a Site Directory as the example. If you are looking for the entire series, start with “Stop Using the Property Bag” to understand my point of view. Then read Search Based Site Directory: Part 1, Search Based Site Directory: Part 2, Search Based Site Directory: Part 3, and Search Based Site Directory: Part 4 to build your content type and prepare the Managed Properties for this article. Read More →

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This is part 4 of a multi part series on how to use Content Types and SharePoint Search to build search solutions. In this series, I am using the case of a Site Directory as the example. If you are looking for the entire series, start with “Stop Using the Property Bag” to understand my point of view. Then read Search Based Site Directory: Part 1, Search Based Site Directory: Part 2 and Search Based Site Directory: Part 3 to build your content type and prepare the Managed Properties for this article. Read More →

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This is part 3 of a multi part series on how to use Content Types and SharePoint Search to build search solutions. In this series, I am using the case of a Site Directory as the example. If you are looking for the entire series, start with “Stop Using the Property Bag” to understand my point of view. Then read Search Based Site Directory: Part 1 and Search Based Site Directory: Part 2 to build your content type for this article. Read More →

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This is part 2 of a multi part series on how to use Content Types and SharePoint Search to build search solutions. In this series, I am using the case of a Site Directory as the example. If you are looking for the entire series, start with “Stop Using the Property Bag” to understand my point of view. Then read Part 1 to build your content type for this article. Read More →

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In my post Stop Using the Property Bag I outlined my solution for creating a Search Based Site Directory. This is the first in the series directed at implementers for how to accomplish the task using a methodical approach. I present this approach in my sessions on search. It is an iterative 6 step approach to working through a content search project. In the following series of posts, I will use these 6 steps while I create a Search Based Site Directory. Read More →

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I spend a fair amount of time on SharePoint.StackExchange.com and a very common question there is “How can I search for SharePoint Sites” the most common response, from those of us who like to help, is “Execute a query for ‘ContentClass=STS_Site OR ContentClass=STS_Web’ and you will get a result set of Site Collections (STS_Site) and Webs (STS_Web) that you have access to.” While this answer is technically correct, there is a larger subtext to this routine question. Read More →

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