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. Increase Blob Indexer file size limits

    The "Blob indexer: maximum characters of content extracted from a blob" limit seems rather restrictive, 32K for free, 64K for standard and 4MB for everything else. Plus when this limit is reached all you see in the azure portal is

    [{ "key": null, "message": "Truncated extracted text to 32768 characters." }]

    It'd be useful to know which documents are affected.

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      2 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • API to check availability of documents for search

      Currently there is short delay before documents become available for search after they were created or updated.

      For better consistency a blocking call that returns after all of the documents updates, creates, etc have been indexed and are ready for search would be great.

      Or provide status api for the set of documents updates, creates, etc sent to understand if they have all been indexed and are ready for search

      7 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Return azure search feature values along with documents

        In Azure search, it would be good to return feature values used to rank documents along with documents returned. This could be used to further refine results based on user needs.

        9 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Ignore thumbnails when indexing word documents

          Word supports saving documents with a thumbnail which contains the text content from the first page. When Azure Search indexes documents, it also indexes their embedded documents. Generally speaking this is useful behaviour, but in this case it leads to content duplication of the first page.

          We cannot control documents provided by users so Azure Search should handle this and ignore thumbnails when indexing Word Documents.

          23 votes
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          • Increase the number of fields per index

            Using certain platforms or applications require the usage of over 1000 fields per index. The limitation is on the low end for a platform like Sitecore - can this be increased?

            3 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Implement other highlighters

              Right now only Postings highlighter is implemented, which highlights single terms instead of full phrase query. Would be good to have other highlighters.
              As said here : https://stackoverflow.com/questions/42411353/azure-search-highlights-for-phrases-with-double-quotes

              14 votes
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              • 6 votes
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                • 7 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Provide basic web interface

                    Provide a basic web interface that can be used with the service with no coding (something like the SharePoint Search Center).

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                      0 comments  ·  Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow GeoReplicated Secondary SQL Database to be used DataSource with RowVersion

                      I can't understand why if you have a SQL View sitting on a GeoReplicated Secondary Database with RowVersion to identify the high watermark for whats changed the Indexer will not work.

                      The documentation says:
                      "When using rowversion in a configuration with read-only replicas, you must point the indexer at the primary replica. Only a primary replica can be used for data sync scenarios."

                      Why, the indexer does not need to WRITE to read the Rowversion and compare with lastupdated value?

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                        0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Provide field mapping function to inject a constant value into the index

                        I'm creating an index which is importing data from a SQL Server Database. I would like to add a field to the index whose value is just "OK" for every document. This field does not exist in the database and we do not want to add it there.
                        Is it possible to add a hard-coded field to an Azure Search index which auto-populates with the given string (in this case, "OK") for all documents that get imported?

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                          0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Data filtering

                          Where condition to be added to the data source e.g. SQL. Dropdown with table columns and value field to retrieve only records matching the required value rather than the whole table

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                            0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Expose write metrics not just read metrics through the portal

                            At the moment the portal only shows read metrics (QPS, Latency, Throttled) but this is only half the picture of what can be impacting an Azure Search Service.

                            Write metrics (e.g. index updates per second) are just as important especially for high volume re-indexing operations,

                            To get anything like this needs an export of logs, which goes to an unusable Json format (i.e. CSV is more useful for analysis) and/or a PowerBI account.

                            Neither of which are particularly useful for this scenario where we just need a quick review of what's actually going on with our index.

                            3 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 5 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Enterprise  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 14 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add support for inheritance ($type)

                                  Sometimes we have inheritance in our database tables. In my case, I have inheritance mapped to a table using EF Code First, and the table contains a generated column, [Discriminator], that tells the EF which type should be activated when fetching the entity.

                                  There should be a way for Azure Search (a field transformation function maybe) to map discriminators in the database to fully qualified non-searchable $type fields in the indexes, in order for the SDK to be able to deserialize the types correctly using the TypeNameHandling setting of the Json.net serializer.

                                  6 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Data Types  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Provide Azure Search in Australia-Southeast to allow for high availability

                                    Hi,

                                    I would like to use azure search for a variety of applications, however my clients require high availability and data sovereignty above all else.

                                    SLA's of 99.9% are not acceptable and in order to use Azure Search I would have to deploy to two regions to ensure high availability.
                                    Unfortunately Azure Search is only available in Australia East.

                                    Making Azure search available in multiple australia regions would open up opportunities for us to utilise azure search.

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                                    • Random Scoring

                                      See here https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/guide/current/random-scoring.html
                                      This has come up in the past on SO by other users as well.

                                      14 votes
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                                      • Indexer (crawler) for Apache Cassandra API in Azure Cosmos DB

                                        Add an indexer/crawler for Apache Cassandra API in Azure Cosmos DB

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                                          0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Provide method for escaping characters in the search string like UrlEscape

                                          Special characters must be escaped to be used as part of the search text. You can escape them by prefixing them with backslash (\). Special characters that need to be escaped include the following:
                                          + - && || ! ( ) { } [ ] ^ " ~ * ? : \ /
                                          Is there a built in method, basically the equivalent of UrlEscape, which can do this, or is every developer actually expected to do their own implementation?

                                          9 votes
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