Speaking at BrightStarr Webinar – Taking SharePoint to the Cloud

Please join me on 10th December 2013 4 PM GMT for an interesting webinar that explores SharePoint cloud options. Register now

Microsoft has made enormous investments in cloud based solutions and continues to drive companies towards Office365 and Azure. As such the question of whether to utilize on premise technology or move to the cloud is becoming ever more prevalent within organizations of all sizes and this decision comes with a potentially substantial impact.

It is a difficult choice and with this in mind BrightStarr will be hosting a webinar tackling the various implications of these two options – advantages, myth-busting, the best extensions and all the tricky bits to make your migration run smoothly. We invite you to join Microsoft Certified Master Sam Hassani and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Marwan Tarek on December 10th at 11 AM EST to gain BrightStarr’s insight into the advantages and disadvantages of cloud based SharePoint, focusing on major decision points in order to assist you in making the right choice for your organization’s needs. By the end of this webinar you’ll know for sure which option is best for your business enabling you to move forward with confidence.


SharePoint 2013 Search


SharePoint 2013 has a lot of new features in different workloads. Enterprise search is one of the workloads that has a lot of updates and enhancements. Here I am listing the main new features that has been enhanced/added to SharePoint 2013



  • Combination of FAST and SharePoint Search: all FAST search server and SharePoint features are now combined and available in SharePoint 2013
  • Installed by default: no more separate FAST search server installation, search is now a built-in service application
  • Used pervasively throughout the platform: search is used in different features, content roll up, analytics, content query…etc.
  • High Scalability: implicitly SharePoint 2013 search inherits the high scalability model of FAST search server
  • Continuous Crawling: this is new interesting feature, where the farm administrator can enable continuous crawling for content so once you add a new document it can appear in the search results in matter of minutes even it will not wait for indexing to finish to appear in the search results
  • Site administrators can manage result sources: content sources is now called result sources. Result sources can be defined by site administrator not like the old days which was configured only through the service application
  • Entity Extraction: it is one of FAST search core features, you can manage entity extraction through managed metadata settings in the term store. so you add new entities as a new term
  • Schema management: schema is the columns you want to expose managed properties in the search. schema can be managed by the site administrators.
  • Custom Ranking Model: in SharePoint 2013 you can define custom ranking model for your search results through Powershell commands.
  • Query Suggestions: SharePoint 2013 suggests queries for the user based on the links the users clicked before and based on other users search queries
  • Query Rules: you can define rules for each query based on keywords or who is searching and based on this you can start different queries or change the original query.
  • Search Refinements: you can easily define search refinements through managed data through marking the term as available for refinement.

Happy SharePoint 2013