SharePoint Search Configuration
A SharePoint tutorial by Peter Kalmstrom
SharePoint Search tutorial is applicable to SharePoint 2013
on premise, where the search engine scheduling needs to
be configured before the SharePoint Search can be used.
(Office 365 SharePoint Online is pre-configured, and the
Search settings cannot be changed.)
In the demo below Peter Kalmstrom, CEO of kalmstrom.com
Business Solutions and Microsoft certified SharePoint specialist
and trainer, shows how to configure the SharePoint Search
in SharePoint 2013 on premise and explains the different
Step by step
- On the server that is running your SharePoint Products,
go to Start >Administrative Tools >SharePoint
- In Central Administration, go to Manage Service
Applications >Search Service Application.
- Open the Content Sources.
- Open the pre-configured content source in edit mode
by right clicking and selecting Edit.
- Under Crawl Schedules, select the option you prefer.
In the demo Peter sets the schedule to continuous crawling
of changes and a full crawling every day at noon.
- Incremental crawls find all additions, remove most
deletes and update most of the security rules for items
in the index.
- A full crawl finds all changes, but it takes a long
time to run and it cannot run in parallel with incremental
crawls. After information architecture changes, such
as adding or changing content types, managed properties
or indexes, it is especially important to have a full
- Continuous crawls are similar to the incremental
crawls but run faster, update the index quicker and
can be run in parallel with full crawls. Without advanced
configuration you will usually get a 15 minute freshness
on your index with this option.