10802: Microsoft Enterprise Search for IT Professionals

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About this Course

This three day course prepares IT Professionals toadminister enterprise search solutions using Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. All aspects ofadministration are covered including search topologies, search sites, contentcrawling, federation, monitoring, and search reporting.

Audience Profile

This course is intended for IT Professionalsresponsible for administering the search features of SharePoint Server 2010 andFAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint.

At Course Completion

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Design the deployment,scalability, and fault tolerance options for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010.
  • Configure contentsources, crawl content, and troubleshoot and monitor the crawl process.
  • Create and configureenterprise search sites.
  • Create and configuremanaged properties, keywords, and SharePoint search scopes.
  • Create new federatedlocations and configure the federated web parts.
  • Monitor and configuresearch reports and web analytics.
  • Design the deployment,scalability, and fault tolerance options for FAST Search Server.
  • Install FAST SearchServer standalone and multiple search server systems.
  • Determine when to use aFAST Search specialty connector and configure the FAST Web Crawler.
  • Configure FAST Searchenhanced managed properties, FAST Search scopes, business based promotions anddemotions, FAST Search keywords, and Visual Best Bets.
  • Implement a backup andrestore plan for FAST Search Server.
  • Monitor the FAST SearchServer and use command line utilities.
  • Before attending thiscourse, students should have experience:
  • Administering ActiveDirectory: creating and managing user and group accounts, delegation of dministration,and configuring Group Policy.
  • Administering SQL Server2005 or 2008: creating logons, assigning roles, and using SQL ManagementStudio.
  • Experience using WindowsPowerShell cmdlets and scripts.
  • SharePoint Server 2010 experienceusing Central Administration and creating site collections.

Course Outline

Module 1: SharePoint Search Architecture

Thismodule examines the basic crawling and query architectures, the searchcomponent functions, and the process of designing a search farm.


  • Lesson 1: Search Planning
  • Lesson 2: Crawl Architecture
  • Lesson 3: Query Architecture and Topologies

Lab: SharePoint Search Architecture

  • Exercise 1: Identify Search Components
  • Exercise 2: Configure the Search Service Application
  • Exercise 3: Expanding the Search Topology

After completing this moduleyou will be able to:

  • Develop an enterprise search plan for your organization.
  • Develop a crawl architecture with components and topology.
  • Develop a query architecture with components and topology.

Module 2: PowerShell and Content Crawling

Thismodule covers the basics of using Windows PowerShell to administer yourenterprise search solution. The module also details how to set up contentsources, crawl content, and troubleshoot and monitor the crawl process.


  • Lesson 1: Windows PowerShell
  • Lesson 2: Content Crawling

Lab: Crawling Content and an Introduction to WindowsPowerShell

  • Exercise 1: Crawl Content Sources
  • Exercise 2: Test Drive Windows PowerShell

After completing this lesson,you will be able to:

  • Access the Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Management shell.
  • Construct basic Windows PowerShell commands.

Module 3: Configuring Search Sites

Thismodule includes information the Keyword Search Syntax and how to create searchsites. The module reviews the specialized web parts for search.


  • Lesson 1: Keyword Syntax
  • Lesson 2: Introducing the Search Site
  • Lesson 3: Search Web Parts

Lab: Configuring Search Sites

  • Exercise 1: Create a Custom Search Site

After completing this module,you should be able to:

  • Construct queries using the SharePoint 2010 Keyword Syntax.
  • Layout a search site and work with the search web parts.
  • Customize search web parts.

Module 4: SharePoint Search Enhancements

Thismodule shows you how to add value to a basic search site through managedproperties, keywords, and SharePoint search scopes.


  • Lesson 1: Managed Properties and Keywords
  • Lesson 2: SharePoint Scope

Lab: SharePoint Search Enhancements

  • Exercise 1: Add a Keyword, Best Bet, and Query Suggestion
  • Exercise 2: Add a Search Scope

After completing this module,you will be able to:

  • Create a managed property, keyword, query suggestion, and best bet.
  • Create a search scope.

Module 5: Configuring Federation

Thismodule helps you to leverage content already indexed by other sites, such asMicrosoft Bing. The module covers how to create new federated locations, andconfigure the federated web parts.


  • Lesson 1: Federated Search Basics
  • Lesson 2: Creating New Federated Locations
  • Lesson 3: Adding Metadata to a Federated Location
  • Lesson 4: Security Options

Lab: Federated Web Parts

  • Exercise 1: Configuring Federated Web Parts

After completing this module,you will be able to:

  • Configure Federated Search using the Federated Search Web Parts in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010.
  • Create a Federated source using RSS/Atom feeds and how to modify the Results template to display this new source.
  • Create additional metadata to the Federated results display.
  • Configure federated search security and site restrictions as well as the configuration of federated search authentication.

Module 6: Search Reporting and Analytics

Thismodule takes you through the process of configuring search monitoring. Themodule also examines Search Administration Reports and Web Analytics Reports.


  • Lesson 1: Configure Monitoring
  • Lesson 2: Search Administration Reports
  • Lesson 3: Web Analytics Reports
  • Lesson 4: Other Search Reporting Tools

Lab: Search Reporting and Analytics

  • Exercise 1: Configure and View Search Reports

After completing this module,you should be able to:

  • Configure Search Reporting and Logging.
  • Use Web Analytics Reports.
  • Use Search Administration Reports.
  • Examine diagnostics logs.
  • Enable additional search monitoring tools (e.g., Web Analytics Web Part).

Module 7: FAST Search Architecture

Thismodule shows why FAST Search Server is used for the largest and most demandingsearch solutions. The module looks at the search components, common topologies,and provides search scaling and performance information.


  • Lesson 1: Architecture Components
  • Lesson 2: Topology Options

Lab: FAST Search Architecture Diagram

  • Exercise 1: FAST Search Architecture Diagram and Concepts

At the end of this module, youwill be able to:

  • Explain how the FAST Search Server architecture works.
  • Plan a FAST Search Server deployment.

Module 8: FAST Search Installation

Thismodule covers all aspects of installation for standalone and multiple searchinstallations. Post installation steps like configuring Search ServiceApplications are also included.


  • Lesson 1: Prepare for Installation
  • Lesson 2: Standalone Deployments
  • Lesson 3: Multiple Server Deployments
  • Lesson 4: Search Service Applications
  • Lesson 5: Post Installation Steps

Lab: Installing and Configuring FAST Search Server

  • Exercise 1: Install FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint
  • Exercise 2: Create and Configure the FAST Search Content SSA and the FAST Query SSA

After completing this module,you will be able to:

  • Explain the hardware and software pre-requisites for FAST Search Server.
  • Perform a single node installation of FAST Search Server.
  • Perform a multiple node installation of FAST Search Server.
  • Configure the Content Search Service Application and Query Search Service Application.
  • Perform post installation steps.

Module 9: FAST Specific Connectors

Thismodule looks at the specialty connectors offered by FAST Search and when youshould use those connectors. The FAST Web Crawler Connector is covered indetail.


  • Lesson 1: Capabilities and Usage
  • Lesson 2: FAST Specific Connectors

Lab: FAST Search Web Crawler

  • Exercise 1: Crawling Content with FAST Search
  • Exercise 2: Crawling Content with the FAST Search Web Crawler

After completing this module,you should be able to:

  • Identify and explain usage cases for the additional connectors provided by FAST Search for SharePoint.
  • Configure and troubleshoot the FAST Search Web Crawler.

Module 10: FAST Search Enhancements

Thismodule shows you how to add features like enhanced managed properties, FASTSearch scopes, business based promotions and demotions, FAST Search keywords,and Visual Best Bets.


  • Lesson 1: Keywords
  • Lesson 2: FQL and Scopes
  • Lesson 3: Business Based Ranking

Lab: FAST Search Enhancements

  • Exercise 1: Business Based Ranking
  • Exercise 2: Create and Use a Managed Property

After completing this module,you should be able to:

  • Add and configure keywords with synonyms and a Visual Best Bet.
  • Add and configure a search scope using an FQL filter.
  • Add and configure document/sites promotions/demotions.

Module 11: FAST Search Backup and Restore

Thismodule helps you to implement a backup and restore plan for FAST Search Server.The lessons cover the PowerShell scripts provided with the product to assistwith this task.


  • Lesson 1: Backup and Restore Planning
  • Lesson 2: Backup
  • Lesson 3: Restore

Lab: Backup and Restore

  • Exercise 1: Backup and Restore

At the end of this module, youwill be able to:

  • Plan for backing up and restoring your FAST Search installation.
  • Perform a configuration and full backup of your FAST Search installation.
  • Perform a configuration and full restore of your FAST Search installation.

Module 12: FAST Search Monitoring and Tools

Thismodule reviews how you can use performance counters to gain insight into howthe product is performing, and covers the large number of command lineutilities that are available to you.


  • Lesson 1: Monitoring
  • Lesson 2: Tools

Lab: FAST Search Tools and Logs

  • Exercise 1: FAST Search Tools and Logs

After completing this module,you should be able to:

  • Monitor your system using logs and performance counters.
  • Use command line tools to troubleshoot and tune your system.
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