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SharePoint 2013 Search Issues

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As we know Microsoft did lots of investment on improving the search architecture and did lots of changes in terms of UI prospective. 

There are some of the common issue and well known, that I encounter during my development & search troubleshooting.  

Below are the list of the common issues & the workaround to fix

Automatic Crawl properties not created[Issue] This is known issue while creating the site column using declarative way the automatic crawled properties are not generated by the SharePoint engine. [Solution]: The work around this either, need to create the Site columns using powershell or SharePoint object model.Display template not selected in the Content Search Webpart when we create the page using element.xml file.
[Issue] The requirement where I have to create the layout pages and pre-populate the “content search web part” so I used the module feature for that & export the web part and add the same in the element. Xml file the issue comes when I found that the dis…

SharePoint 2013 Error: Search has encountered a problem that prevents results from being returned

Week ago I had encountered the most common issue “Search has encountered a problem that prevents results from being returned”. I had searched lots of article and find diff-2 solutions.

1. Reset the Index
2. Custom Search Property not configured properly.
3. Search Index is degraded : Recreate the search service application from Central Administration

In my case, I had a search page, where I had configured the content search web part and core result web part. Only my Search result web part was throwing error “Search has encountered a problem that prevents results from being returned” other webpart i.e. content search webpart was working fine.

In my content search web part, I was using custom template and custom Managed Properties, so the first question comes in my mind. Was this related to the OOB MP issue?

To make 100% sure about this, I need some proof, for this I had create one custom template and apply the same template in search result web part and I used …

SharePoint 2013 free CodePlex Tools for debug

SharePoint Manager The SharePoint Manager 2013 is a SharePoint object model explorer. It enables you to browse every site on the local farm and view every property.
http://spm.codeplex.com/

CAMLDesigner The CAML designer is a tool that helps you build your CAML queries to query SharePoint lists
http://sharepoint.biwug.be/Pages/Downloads.aspx

Property bag settings SharePoint Property Bag offers developers to store configurations settings at different levels of the SharePoint hierarchy outside of the application itself.
http://pbs2013.codeplex.com/

ULS Viewer ULSViewer allows users to open a ULS log file and display its contents in a user friendly format. Users can then perform advanced functions.
http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/ULSViewer/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=3308

SharePoint feature admin Quickly review what features are installed. Detect faulty solutions. Mass activate and deactivate features.
http://featureadmin.codeplex.com/

Search Query Tool Build, debug and test your…