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A collection of tools and projects that I have found very useful in managing SharePoint

AutoSPInstaller

The Swiss army knife of automated farm installation.

http://autospinstaller.codeplex.com/

SharePoint Search Query Tool

Build search queries with hints for parameters and view raw results. Great tool for troubleshooting display templates and Content by Search web part

http://sp2013searchtool.codeplex.com/

Search Topology UI for PowerShell

Simple UI to help understand the current search topology and update it.

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/scottstewart/2015/04/29/powershell-ui-to-modify-sharepoint-search-topology/

Graph Explorer

Graph explorer is a web application for exploring Microsoft Graph Rest API with autocomplete.

https://graph.microsoft.io/en-us/graph-explorer

11/11/2016 10:56 AMSharePoint and 365 ToolsApproved
  
Opinions; SharePoint 2013

​I got caught out recently with a customer request to restore an accidently deleted site collection.

I use the get-spdeletedsite to list all the sites that could be recovered (and there were a lot of them in this case)​. I scrolled up the output until I found the URL I was looking for and then copied the SiteID to use in the restore command.

Unfortunately​​ the customer complained that that this restored site didn't contain the content the expected. Turns out the had deleted and recreated the site several times so there were multiple copies of it in the recycle bin.

The following code makes it much easier to see all the deleted site collections and select one based on deleted date to restore.

$result = Get-SPDeletedSite | Select-object $properties | Sort-Object "Url" | Out-GridView -PassThru
if ($result){Restore-SPDeletedSite -Identity $result.SiteId;$result=$null}


9/14/2016 3:46 PMCheck for multiple deleted site collections before restoringPendingPowerShell
  
SharePoint 2013

Trying to add an OOTB list to my site but cats are getting in the way

The only filter for all the apps available is by Newest and Name. You would think "Built-in apps" would be helpful when IT have decided to make 240 apps globally available

11/30/2015 10:31 PMEnterprise apps, what a jokeApproved
  
Search

If you are using a tool like the SharePoint 2013 Search Query Tool it is useful to know the ranking model GUID's so you can see the effect of using different models.

Unfortunately the field example used in this tool uses the GUID for O14 Default Search Model so the results will not match what you see in the OOTB search results.

Below is the list of GUID's extracted using the PowerShell command Get-SPEnterpriseSearchRankingModel -SearchApplication $ssa -Owner $owner

Ranking Model type

Model Name

ID

General Purpose

Default Search Model

8f6fd0bc-06f9-43cf-bbab-08c377e083f4

General Purpose

Search Ranking Model with Two Linear Stages

5e9ee87d-4a68-420a-9d58-8913beeaa6f2

General Purpose

O15 MainResultsDefaultRankingModel

9b911c3e-78e1-4b99-9b1f-a69d3691bdd1

General Purpose

O14 Default Search Model

9399df62-f089-4033-bdc5-a7ea22936e8e

General Purpose

Search Model With Boosted Minspan

97cbcebd-037c-4346-9bc4-582d8c560204

General Purpose

Search Model Without Minspan

df3c3c51-b41f-4cbc-9b1a-c3b0ed40d4f0

People Search

People Search application ranking model

d9bfb1a1-9036-4627-83b2-bbd9983ac8a1

People Search

People Search expertise ranking model

c8bdd081-7379-4c71-aac8-61b6aa6e25a6

People Search

People Search expertise social distance ranking model

02b657fe-924f-4b2b-bb91-4a12baf9929a

People Search

People Search name ranking model

0bba4d7d-4f2c-4086-975a-8f9d2b6c6d53

People Search

People Search name social distance ranking model

5df7ba10-55d6-4da1-b55f-896f7bcb486b

People Search

People Search social distance model

4790b250-e2af-4e4a-8136-600739ee3163

Special Purpose

Catalog ranking model

ca2a10ff-6f63-4913-a125-34b5894495f4

Special Purpose

Popularity ranking model

d4ac6500-d1d0-48aa-86d4-8fe9a57a74af

Special Purpose

Recommender ranking model

b63ad0fd-3ab4-490d-b556-379dc4a52422

Special Purpose

Site suggestion ranking model

9e09f192-e036-422f-ad3b-534574e8f894

 

More detail on each of the ranking models can be found on the Microsoft Technet site https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn169065.aspx

10/5/2015 2:00 PMSearch Ranking Model ID’s in SharePoint 2013Approved
  
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