Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Search Administration

Session Detail:    Classroom 3 Day

This three day class is designed for Search Administrators who need to configure Search Services and who want to improve the end user search experience. This class covers the Standard and Enterprise Editions of SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 / SharePoint Online.
SharePoint Search is one of the more ignored areas of SharePoint administration. Search is often the only way users can find content in a large organization, and as SharePoint 2013 Search is both very powerful and very configurable, Search should be considered one of the more important services in need of formal administration and frequent tuning. While this class will cover core search administration, its focus is on improving the efficiency of your end-users in finding stuff!


  • Have strong SharePoint 2013 end-user skills or have attended Introduction to SharePoint 2013 for Collaboration and Document Management or similar.
  • Have a good understanding of the use of SharePoint in their organization, what kind of content is stored in their SharePoint, and how their users are using SharePoint.
  • Courses 20331 Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 and 20332 Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 are helpful, but not required.

Who Can Benefit

This course is intended for SharePoint Search Administrators.
SharePoint Server Administrators.
Anyone wanting to drive user efficiency and SharePoint adoption. Use search reports to monitor both search and user activity.
Customize the search and search results pages.
Improve user search results using Authoritative Pages, Query Rules, and Query Suggestions.
Describe and plan for alternate search techniques including PowerShell, web services and custom code.

Session Outline

Class Outline

Module 1: SharePoint 2013 Search and the Role of the Search Administrator

  • Lesson 1: Who is this class for?
  • Lesson 2: Prerequisites
  • Lesson 3: SharePoint 2013 versions
  • Lesson 4: Search Features by Edition
  • Lesson 5: Search Limitations

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the role of the search administrator
  • Describe the search infrastructure
  • Describe the features and limitations of SharePoint 2013 Search

Module 2: Using Search as an End User

  • Lesson 1: Search FAQ
  • Lesson 2: Basic Search Techniques
  • Lesson 3: Files in Libraries vs. Files as Attachments
  • Lesson 4: Using Property Restrictions and Managed Properties
  • Lesson 5: Using Wildcards
  • Lesson 6: Using Search Verticals and Result Sources
  • Lesson 7: Search for People
  • Lesson 8: The Advanced Search Page
  • Lesson 9: Search Preferences
  • Lesson 10: The OneDrive Pro Query Box

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Perform basic and advanced searches of SharePoint content

Module 3: Search Administration Part 1

  • Lesson 1: File Types
  • Lesson 2: Create and Deploy a Thesaurus
  • Lesson 3: Custom Entity Extraction

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Use Central Administration to configure search options

Module 4: Search Administration Part 2

  • Lesson 1: Crawling Content
  • Lesson 2: Search Schemas, Crawled Properties and Managed Properties
  • Lesson 3: Working with the “unused” default Managed Properties
  • Lesson 4: Working with Result Sources
  • Lesson 5: Query Suggestions
  • Lesson 6: Spelling Suggestions
  • Lesson 7: Company Name Extraction
  • Lesson 8: Authoritative Pages
  • Lesson 9: Query Rules
  • Lesson 10: Result Removal
  • Lesson 11: Hiding Lists, Libraries, and Sites from Search

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Configure Search Schemas.
  • Configure Crawl Properties
  • Configure Managed Properties
  • Configure Query Rules
  • Configure Authoritative Pages

Module 5: Customizing Search and Search Results Web Pages

  • Lesson 1; Out of the Box Pages and Site Templates
  • Lesson 2: Customizing Search Verticals
  • Lesson 3: Creating a Custom Search Vertical
  • Lesson 4: The Query Builder
  • Lesson 5: Customizing Search Pages
  • Lesson 6: Customizing the Advanced Search Page
  • Lesson 7: Working with the Search Web Parts
  • Lesson 8: Customize Search Result Types

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Customize and tweak search pages to improve user search efficiency
  • Create and customize search center sites
  • Create and maintain Search Verticals
  • Create and customize custom search pages using the search web parts
  • Work with Result Types and Display Templates

Module 6: Monitoring Search

  • Lesson 1: Search Reporting
  • Lesson 2: User Activity

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Use the SharePoint 2013 search reports to monitor search activity and to find opportunities to improve the user search experience

Module 7: Using PowerShell, JavaScript and C# to Search SharePoint (Optional)

  • Lesson 1: Search Driven Content Web Parts
  • Lesson 2: PowerShell
  • Lesson 3: JavaScript and jQuery
  • Lesson 4: Web Services
  • Lesson 5: C#
  • Lesson 6: CSOM – Client Side Object Model

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe additional ways to search SharePoint 2013 content
  • Understand the impact of external calls into SharePoint 2013 search

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