55122AC : Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Search Administration

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55122AC : Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Search Administration Course Overview:

This three-day instructor-led is intended for Search Administrators, Site Collection Administrators and Site Owners who want to improve the end user search experience. The class is an ideal follow up for the SharePoint Server Administrator who has attended “20489 – Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions” and is looking for more on the daily administration of SharePoint 2013 Search. 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. As 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 the ongoing maintenance of search administration, its focus is on improving the efficiency of your end users in finding “stuff”!

Audience Profile

  • This course is intended for SharePoint Search Administrators.
  • SharePoint Server Administrators.
  • Anyone wanting to drive user efficiency and SharePoint adoption. Use the 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.

At Course Completion

  • Use both basic and advanced techniques to search SharePoint.
  • Manage SharePoint 2013 Search from Central Administration.
  • Manage Office 365 / SharePoint Online Search.
  • Configure search from within sites.
  • Understand and customize Search Schemas and Managed Properties.

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

This module provides an introduction to the topics covered in the class, introduces SharePoint search terminology and the search infrastructure.


  • Who is this class for?
  • Prerequisites
  • SharePoint 2013 versions
  • Search Features by Edition
  • Search Limitations

Lab 1: None

  • None

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.

This module explores SharePoint 2013 Search from the point of view of the end user. Topics covered range from basic search through the use of search centers and advanced queries.


  • Search FAQ
  • Basic Search Techniques
  • Files in Libraries vs. Files as Attachments
  • Using Property Restrictions and Managed Properties
  • Using Wildcards
  • Using Search Verticals and Result Sources
  • Search for People
  • The Advanced Search Page
  • Search Preferences
  • The OneDrive Pro Query Box

Lab 1: Using Search as an End User

  • Basic Search
  • Finding files by size, type, author and other properties
  • Searching by language
  • Finding sites you have access to

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Perform basic and advanced searches of SharePoint content.

This module covers the use of Central Administration to configure search options only available with on premise SharePoint installations.


  • File Types
  • Create and Deploy a Thesaurus
  • Custom Entity Extraction

Lab 1: None

  • None

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Use Central Administration to configure search options.

This module covers the configuration search options available in both on premise and online editions of SharePoint 2013.


  • Crawling Content
  • Search Schemas, Crawled Properties and Managed Properties
  • Working with the “unused” default Managed Properties
  • Working with Result Sources
  • Query Suggestions
  • Spelling Suggestions
  • Company Name Extraction
  • Authoritative Pages
  • Query Rules
  • Result Removal
  • Hiding Lists, Libraries, and Sites from Search

Lab 1: Search Administration – Part 2

  • From a Site Column to a Managed Property.
  • Configure Spelling Inclusions in the Managed Metadata Services.
  • Manage Authoritative Pages.
  • Create Query Rules.
  • Remove URLs from the search results.
  • Exclude content 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

This module covers the customization of search and search result pages.


  • Out of the Box Pages and Site Templates
  • Customizing Search Verticals
  • Creating a Custom Search Vertical
  • The Query Builder
  • Customizing Search Pages
  • Customizing the Advanced Search Page
  • Working with the Search Web Parts
  • Customize Search Result Types

Lab 1: Customizing Search and Search Results Web Pages

  • Working with Search Verticals.
  • Creating custom Enterprise Search Center search results pages.
  • Customizing the search web parts.

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.

This module provides an overview of the reports available to monitor search and how to use these reports to improve the user search experience.


  • Search Reporting
  • User Activity

Lab 1: None

  • None

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.

This module explores additional ways for administrators and developers to search SharePoint 2013 content.


  • Search Driven Content Web Parts
  • PowerShell
  • JavaScript and jQuery
  • Web Services
  • C#
  • CSOM – Client Side Object Model

Lab 1: None

  • None

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.

55122AC : Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Search Administration Course Prerequisites:

  • 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 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.

Q: What is the objective of the Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Search Administration training (55122AC)?
A: The objective of this training is to provide SharePoint administrators and IT professionals with the knowledge and skills required to effectively administer search functionalities in Microsoft SharePoint 2013. The training focuses on configuring and managing the search service application, optimizing search performance, customizing search results, and troubleshooting search-related issues.

Q: Who should attend this training?
A: This training is designed for SharePoint administrators, IT professionals, and individuals responsible for managing and administering search capabilities in Microsoft SharePoint 2013. It is suitable for those who have some experience with SharePoint administration and want to deepen their understanding and practical skills in search administration.

Q: What topics are covered in the training?
A: The training covers a wide range of topics related to search administration in SharePoint 2013, including:

  • Introduction to SharePoint 2013 search architecture
  • Configuring the search service application
  • Managing search components and topologies
  • Customizing search schema and managed properties
  • Configuring search security and permissions
  • Implementing search-driven navigation
  • Optimizing search performance
  • Customizing search results and relevance
  • Troubleshooting search issues

Q: What can I expect to learn from this training?
A: By the end of this training, you will have a comprehensive understanding of search administration in SharePoint 2013. You will learn how to configure and manage the search service application, customize search schema, implement search-driven navigation, optimize search performance, and troubleshoot search-related issues. Additionally, you will gain insights into best practices and techniques for enhancing search capabilities in SharePoint 2013.

Q: Are there any prerequisites for attending this training? A: Participants should have a basic understanding of SharePoint 2013 administration and familiarity with SharePoint components and concepts. Some experience with search functionalities in SharePoint will be beneficial for maximizing the learning outcomes of this training.

Q: Is there a hands-on component in this training? A: Yes, this training includes hands-on exercises and lab sessions to provide practical experience in search administration with SharePoint 2013. You will have the opportunity to configure search settings, manage search components, customize search schema, and troubleshoot search issues in a simulated SharePoint environment.

Q: How long is the training? A: The duration of the training may vary depending on the format and delivery method. Typically, this training spans multiple days, with each day consisting of several hours of instruction, hands-on exercises, and discussions.

Q: Will I receive any course materials or resources?
A: Yes, participants will receive comprehensive course materials, including slides, lab guides, and additional reference materials to support their learning during and after the training.

Q: Is there a certification associated with this training?
A: This training does not include a specific certification. However, it provides valuable knowledge and skills that can contribute to your professional growth and enhance your capabilities in SharePoint search administration.

Q: Can this training be customized for specific organizational needs?
A: This training can be customized to address specific organizational needs. We can discuss customization options based on your requirements.

Q: Who delivers the training?
A: The training is delivered by experienced instructors who have expertise in SharePoint administration and search functionalities. These instructors possess practical knowledge and industry experience, ensuring that the training is relevant and valuable to participants.

Q: Is there any post-training support available?
A: While the training itself provides comprehensive coverage of the subject matter, post-training support is provided over email.

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