Chapter 5. FAST Search within SharePoint 2010


  • Exploring the new Microsoft Enterprise Search offering, FAST Search for SharePoint 2010

  • Understanding key search features, components, and the search engine architecture

  • Examining installation and configuration procedures as well as capacity and scaling scenarios

  • Overviewing search administration and monitoring options with FAST Search for SharePoint

  • Understanding relevance tuning, the Search Center, and the end-user experience

This chapter covers the installation details (but not customization) of FAST Search for SharePoint 2010. It includes product details, hardware prerequisites, the OS platform, and recommended configurations to fit business needs. Key components, such as the indexing server and search query server, are discussed in detail. It also discusses product features, relevance tuning, the end user experience, and some customization options. This chapter supplements Chapter 4, given that SharePoint Server 2010 Search represents an important upgrade to the existing search in SharePoint, while FAST Search for SharePoint 2010 is a completely new offering and the first new product based on the FAST technology since FAST was acquired by Microsoft in April 2008. FAST Search for SharePoint 2010 adds a whole new level of search capabilities that are a superset of what comes in the out-of-the-box SharePoint 2010 Search product.


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