Business Articles

SurfRay & Microsoft Webcast: SharePoint Search Goes Public

| February 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

Microsoft and SurfRay collaborate to create rich website search experiences with SharePoint and Ontolica. In this webcast, Microsoft Technical Solution Expert and FAST veteran, Carlos Valcarcel, joins Josh Noble to reveal how SharePoint search enables public sector & non-profit websites to connect communities and content. They will show live public sector SharePoint sites leveraging SharePoint […]

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Five Roadblocks to SharePoint Search Maturity

| January 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

SharePoint is designed to evolve with your business, but using SharePoint to its full potential presents plenty of challenges. In this presentation, Sadalit Van Buren, author of The SharePoint Maturity Model and Senior Software Engineer at Blue Metal Architects, spotlights the top 5 barriers to reaching SharePoint search maturity. Drawing from real survey data, Sadalit […]

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Facial Hair Makes SharePoint Work Better

| November 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

At prosharepointsearch.com we hate cancer, and we’re doing our part to conquer it by raising money for Movember.  If you are not familiar with the campaign, guys grow moustaches during November and trade their upper lip space in exchange for donations.  Funds raised support research and awareness against prostate cancer and other cancers that affect […]

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Effective Requirements Gathering for Search in SharePoint 2010

| November 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

“Better Search”, “Effective Search”, and “Google-like Search” are not requirements! I just finished a great presentation with SharePoint MVP and author of SharePoint Analyst HQ, Michal Pisarek, that illustrates how to change conceptual user requests into actionable requirements for SharePoint search. He shows how to execute search requirement workshops, map certain requirements to OOTB configuration […]

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SurfRay and the #BoothBabes dilemma

| October 12, 2011 | 5 Comments

I was recently entertained by the discussion generated by Claire Willet’s blog post about so-called ‘booth babes’ (models hired to attract visitors to exhibit hall booths at trade shows). Claire has a valid argument that we at SurfRay have generally agreed with. Every year, however, we marvel at the models on the show and wonder […]

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Pro SharePoint Search on SharePoint Pod Show

| September 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

SharePoint Search Expert, Author, and Presenter, Josh Noble, speaks with Brett Lonsdale on the SharePoint Pod Show about search in SharePoint.  Listen to the recording at: http://www.sharepointpodshow.com/ If you experience playback delays, switch to Firefox instead of Internet Explorer. Tweet

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Developer Articles

Free Search Result Action Web Part from SurfRay

| January 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

SurfRay has just released a free search result action web part for anyone using SharePoint 2010 or FAST. This free result action web part adds four of the most commonly used document action menus to SharePoint search results. The updated Core Search Results Web Part adds a drop down menu similar to that found in […]

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Using FAST Search for SharePoint Pipeline to Improve Search

| January 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

Everyone knows that great metadata is key to a great user search experience, but what can you do if your existing content falls short? The FAST Search for SharePoint pipeline provides a way to enhance document metadata during the indexing process so your content has better metadata and users experience better search results. Using the […]

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Display a custom property in the results list

| December 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

A while back I answered a question on LinkedIn about how to display the ContentType in the result list. Since then, now and again, people ask me how to display properties in the result list. Basically, the same method can be used for any property so I am posting the solution here. Just change CType […]

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How to index pdf files with SharePoint search

| October 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

In order to index the content of pdf files with SharePoint 2010 you need to install an ifilter. Adobe provides a free pdf ifilter that works for most pdf files and there are a couple other vendors offering ifilters that you might want to try if Adobe’s doesn’t work. Ifilters are the built in mechanism […]

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SharePoint 2010 Search Ranking Models

| September 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

SharePoint 2010 has a new feature that allows administrators to change ranking models. The default ranking model is the product of a great deal of research on Microsoft’s part and, for the most, works very well. However, with SharePoint 2010, a certain level of functionality has been provided that allows administrators to change the default […]

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Ratings in SharePoint Search

| September 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Ratings are a cool new feature of SharePoint 2010 (not available in SharePoint Foundations alone). Ratings are an additional column (or two columns actually) that allows users to give each document a rating. Ratings can be applied to any list or library and users can rate the documents they think are the best. I am […]

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Webinars

Managing Content & Metadata Between SharePoint Document Libraries

| October 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

This webinar, hosted by Josh Noble, will teach how to upload, copy, and share content between document libraries in SharePoint. Josh shows how to create a new document library and fill it with content from network drives, local machines, and other document libraries. He also demonstrates how to preserve metadata, reduce storage requirements, and avoid […]

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Search Quick Tips

| September 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Thanks to Surfray, we are now able to offer a series of Search Quick Tips. These are short 5 minute videos with simple solutions to typical search problems presented in video format.   The first one that I have created is about Alternative Access Mappings in SharePoint and search and answers the question “Why does […]

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