Azure Search

Azure Search is a search-as-a-service solution that allows developers to incorporate a sophisticated search experience into web and mobile applications without having to worry about the complexities of full-text search and without having to deploy, maintain or manage any infrastructure

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  1. Make the blob indexer faster

    From the tests I made, currently a single blob indexer in S2 with 1 partition and 1 replica is only able to process between 50 000 and 75 000 small office documents (1 to 4 pages) in a 24 hour period.

    The current solution which would be to restructure millions of blobs into "directories" with max 75 000 blobs in them and have 12 indexers is completely out of the question due to the insane pricing model and the time it would take to both, modify consumers with new paths and move blobs to a new structure. The latter being…

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      0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • base64decode method should handle standard strings

      Azure Search indexer base64decode method should handle standard URL Safe Base64 encoded strings, and not the out-of-standard strings returned by classic System.Web.HttpServerUtility.UrlTokenEncode method, which is not even available in latest versions of the framework. This method is returning non-standard strings, as it replaces padding characters '=' with a digit indicating the number of = signs that were removed. Azure Search base64 decode method expects this non-standard strings, rather than standard URL safe Base64 encoded strings, otherwise it breaks with error: "Error applying mapping function 'base64Decode' to field 'aaa': Array cannot be null.\r\nParameter name: bytes". Which means that using JavaScript or…

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        1 comment  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add more document allowance to the free tier

        Thank you for the Free Tier!! We really love it! Just one thing to ask. Is it possible to add more document capacity to the free tier? We know you have to cut it off somewhere but 10,000 is just a bit small for eval purposes when working with big datasets. Maybe 100k or 150k?

        3 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Clone entire Azure Search instance, just like I can clone App Service.

          I would be extremely handy if I could clone entire Azure Search instance to the same or a new Resource Group, in the same or a new location using the same or another Azure Subscription. Like I can clone Azure App Service wherever I want.

          User case: If there is an issue which is reproducible with production instance of Azure Search, then I will clone in to a separate sandbox, and take it from there. As of today, I have to create a brand new Azure Search instance, clone SQL Database and reindex them to get the same data.

          3 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Enterprise  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow custom defined Field Mapping Function

            Currently when defining the indexers, one can specify the field mappings from source to target fields. Only a limited set of functions such as Extract token at position etc are supported. It would be desirable to support Func syntax such that each row is passed onto the func which then decide the target field value based on developer defined logic in func.

            Eg: we have a cosmo db source and a azure table storage data source. The partition key for cosmo db collection is combination of tenantId:studentId for efficient read/writes across partitions based on our data. The azure table storage…

            8 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Table Storage Indexing of multiple tables at scale

              I believe that a good pattern for Azure Table Storage is to enable fast deletes by simply dropping tables. I've implemented a multi-tenant model for my data using a table per tenant, and would like to aggregate search data across tables.

              The current recommendation is to create an indexer per table. This means the number of tenants I support (which I'm hoping to be in the thousands) is limited to the number of indexers I can create, which is a very low number.

              The latest table storage SDK has methods to asynchronously list tables in a segmented fashion using continuation…

              14 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Provide warmup procedure

                When we scale out Search replica, we can find delay peak right after it scaled. It gives throttled query, so I want to reduce it when we apply scheduled replica change.

                It would be good to provide "predefined warm-up query sets" After-Scaleout event. What about to give textbox, and GET-queries are performed line by line multiple times.

                Note that I'm using Azure Automation with this script to change replica count by schedule; https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/azure-search-change-c0b49c4c

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                  0 comments  ·  Multi-tenancy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support for indexing multi-line JSON files

                  Support for indexing multi-line JSON files (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JSON_Streaming). Currently blob indexer extracts entire json file as one document.

                  It would be also nice to pair this with the gzip support so that it will be able to index *.json.gz files

                  4 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 27 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • SAT support for query tokens

                      As with Blog/containers it's possible to have a SAT token and time limit it. This would be a great benefit for azure search too, to allow query keys with the same concept.

                      6 votes
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                      • Cover Azure Search in the HIPAA BAA

                        Please add Azure Search to the HIPAA BAA so we can use it in healthcare software.

                        9 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Indexer execution status to App insights

                          Scenario: Thanks to the power of Azure, I have setup a indexer which continuously updates my index from the Azure sql db. Now I want to know if there are any errors while processing any document and why it failed to update the index(error message). This information is very critical for new documents or any document which is modified in the prod database. Note: Different teams do not have access to the Azure search service portal.

                          Current state: We already have indexer execution status but this information needs to be processed by another process by polling.

                          Ask: If this information…

                          18 votes
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                          • Proximity Search with exact order support

                            The lucene query syntax for proximity search allows us to find 2 terms X number of words apart.

                            https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/searchservice/lucene-query-syntax-in-azure-search#bkmk_proximity

                            A search for "hotel airport"~5 could return documents with "Find a hotel airport" or "hotel near airport" or "going to airport? check out this hotel".

                            It would be a big benefit to our clients if we could have a mode for proximity search where it doesn't matter what the order of the words are, as well as a different, more restrictive mode, where proximity search will only find results with the words in in explicit order.

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                              0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Configurable matching strategy for more natural searches.

                              You can see full details here:
                              http://stackoverflow.com/questions/43505244/how-to-make-searches-more-natural/43509264#43509264

                              The idea is to have something like:
                              EnableFuzzy, Enable PartialMatching on the SearchParameters to avoid constructing weird search strings.

                              3 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Provide ability of collection Type field to be searched against individual values separately

                                For a document, where there are multiple values in its collection type column, it gives it lesser score (and hence either to come lower or may not even come in the result) to it even though the search query has matched with ONE of the values in the list COMPLETELY.

                                This is because, currently Azure Search considers list of all the values provided in the collection type as a single string by concatenating all of them.
                                My requirement is that if the search query (for that field) matches with any of the values in the collection, it should consider it…

                                26 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Provide option to facet on all facetable fields in a Search request

                                  Some applications can have a large number of facets and it is inconvenient to have to specify them all explicitly in the Search API, as reported here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/28542665/azure-search-what-if-i-have-a-lot-of-facets

                                  If there were an option like facet=* that returned facets on all facetable fields, that would be easier for such cases.

                                  11 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Use a XSD schema to populate the index fields

                                    We have large scehams that define individual aspects of healthcare data. We would like to use these schemas to define the fields than entering most of these manually. For this to work, obviously we need support for crawling XML data (similar to what you have for JSON). XML provides a good structure and has many industry standard schemas that we can leverage.

                                    3 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • DocumentDB indexer should be able to index MongoDb collections

                                      If I create a MongoDB collection backed by DocumentDB, I should be able to use the DocumentDB indexer to ingest it into Azure Search.

                                      4 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                          0 comments  ·  Scoring  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • distinct values in search result

                                          Consider the situation that, two document have some same property and I want to select those same fields and count the document as one(distinct) and select that distinct document.

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