Managing SharePoint 2016 Search

A properly configured search infrastructure makes SharePoint a valuable asset in your organization. This course will teach you to set up SharePoint search from scratch.
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(15)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Aug 10, 2017
Duration
2h 20m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Introduction to SharePoint 2016 Search
Search Service Application Architecture
Configuring Enterprise Search
Managing the Search Schema
Optimizing Search
Managing Taxonomy
Hybrid Search
Recapping the Journey
Description
Course info
Rating
(15)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Aug 10, 2017
Duration
2h 20m
Description

You are required to set up and optimize search in a SharePoint 2016 environment, but you know very little about it. In this course, Managing SharePoint 2016 Search, you'll learn to understand, configure, and optimize SharePoint search. First, you'll explore the search service application architecture. Next, you'll dive into how to manage the search schema and taxonomy. Finally, you'll learn to set up hybrid search with Office 365. By the end of the course, you'll have a solid understanding of the search service application architecture, how to use its various components, and how to set up different content sources to be searched in SharePoint 2016.

About the author
About the author

Mark has trained and / or consulted in 20 countries since 1999, after retooling himself as an IT admin in the Windows NT 4.0 era at a local college. He has taught students at various Microsoft and Symantec campuses and at a variety of academic, military, corporate, and training center locations as well as online. He is the lead singer in three rock bands he founded, sings jazz, does voice overs, and has dabbled in stand-up and improv.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi, my name is Mark Ingram. Welcome to my course, SharePoint 2016 Search. I am a consultant and trainer at Crystal Clear. A typical user wastes hours per week searching for information. What if they could find exactly what they're looking for much faster? This course will demystify the search process by teaching you to understand, configure, and optimize SharePoint Search. Some of the major topic we'll cover include Search service application architecture, how to manage the search schema, how to manage taxonomy, hybrid search with Office 365. By the end of this course, you'll know how to set up SharePoint 2016 Search from scratch, and also how to improve an existing SharePoint Search environment. Before beginning the course, you should be familiar with basic SharePoint farm administration. Join me on this journey and learn to create a valuable search environment with the SharePoint 2016 Search course, at Pluralsight.

Introduction to SharePoint 2016 Search
Welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Mark Ingram, and this is SharePoint 2016 Search. In this introductory module, the goal is to whet your appetite with the need for search with a brief history and a sentence or two about each module in the course with a few teaser slides too. If your users were asked to assign a theme song for their search experience, would it resemble one from a certain Irish band? If so, let's change that.

Search Service Application Architecture
Search is extremely important to the success of a typical SharePoint deployment, and it supports servicing content from a variety of sources, as well as hybrid deployments. In this module, we'll see how the various components of Search interact by looking at a service architecture diagram, and exploring the various Search service components. Then we'll discuss the Search administration component, and finish up with recommendations for different sizes of search topologies.

Configuring Enterprise Search
In this module, we'll go deeper into Configuring Enterprise Search, including planning configuring content sources, crawl schedules, crawl rules, how to analyze the performance of your crawls and queries, the benefit of a customized Search Center site, and other tips and tricks to optimize search.

Managing the Search Schema
Starting with SharePoint 2013, decentralizing search management was a great idea because a lot of the tweaking of the search infrastructure requires knowledge of someone close to the content. For example, a finance department site collection administrator would be best suited to understand how to modify the thesaurus so that finance department searches would yield better results. Query rules can be used to alter the display results if a certain word or phrase appears in a user's query. Result types let you customize how search results are displayed. A thesaurus lets you do things like define synonyms for the new name of an old product. Spelling corrections can be customized. You can display result types in a variety of display templates. Display templates are editable with third-party tools like Dreamweaver. Search navigation is essential for users to whittle down the initial search results returned from a query. No one wants to wade through 100 pages of results. You should know how to edit SEO properties, so we'll discuss some basics.

Managing Taxonomy
For those accustomed to sending files to a shared drive and forgetting about it, taxonomy can feel like torture, but it doesn't have to be that way. A proper taxonomy design can save users hours of time per week that was previously wasted looking for files. Taxonomies let you categorize information to organize it and make it easier to locate. We'll look at some of these. Taxonomy is another example of where the heavy lifting is done with proper governance, standardized on metadata terms organization-wide, ideally by automating metadata inclusion or having users select metadata items from a list. Just like with voting, we want to avoid the write-in ballot option as much as possible.

Hybrid Search
Let's say you want to use the cloud for its apps and storage capabilities provided by OneDrive for Business, for example. You can do that while still allowing your users to search both on-prem and cloud content from a single search interface. In this module, we'll explore various hybrid features in SharePoint 2016 that let you store, sync, and share files online. With some configuration, you can enable single sign-on so users log in only once and can access content on-prem and online.

Recapping the Journey
Welcome to Pluralsight. This is Recapping the Journey. I'm Mark Ingram. My goal for you is that after watching this course, and maybe re-watching parts of it, there's a lot in there, that you're inspired to incorporate what you've learned in your search environment. Remember this one? Always good to look at a high-level visualization of technology you're working with. In this course, we talked about and/or demonstrated everything on this slide from defining content sources to be crawled and how often to processing crawl content for storage in the index. We covered the analytics processing component, which stores a variety of information including previous user interaction with a crawled item. And all this gets written to the index comprised of several files and folders known as the index partition. From right to left on your slide, client searches go through a web front-end server to the query processing component. Through interaction with the index component, result sets are aggregated and cleaned and returned to the client through a web front-end server. The web front-end server renders the results for the user. Notice the variety of databases on the slide.