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. 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?

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      0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Document Level Security Trimming

      An Index contains data from a source (Blob Store, SQL DB, DocumentDB, say DropBox one day?). Different sources may have different and detailed security on each document.

      We index these sources normally as a 'super-user' of some kind so the index may contain information from any indexed doc (like 'the bosses salary').

      At index query time of course the original document source is not available. It should be possible though to allow one or more 'roles' to be added to each document as it is indexed and to specify roles in the Search query.

      In this way a middleware search…

      21 votes
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        3 comments  ·  Security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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          0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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.

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          • 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.

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                0 comments  ·  Enterprise  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Ability to iterate over all documents in an index

                Other search engines have the ability to examine the contents of an index by simply iterating over the document collection. This is extremely use for maintenance operations like reconciling the contents of the index to records in a database. It is quite easy for records to be left behind in the index which no longer have relevance. The only way to accomplish this now is by searching and paging through the results. My current index has over 100,000 entries which is the limitation of the Skip directive. The recommended workaround is to filter the data on another field, however this…

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                  0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support more delimiters when indexing CSV blobs

                  When indexing CSV blobs with Azure Search blob indexer, please add support for delimiters other than ",". We have many blobs that use | and \t as delimiters.

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                    0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Rest end point indexing capability like voyager search engine, that would be helpful otherwise we would have duplicate data in azure

                    Rest endpoint indexing capability like voyager search engine, that would be helpful otherwise we would have duplicate data in azure

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                    • Expose Content as searchable field even in structured (JSON) data

                      If I want to index JSON files I can either full text search using parsingMode TEXT or I can index fields using fieldMappings.

                      Why not make both available? That way a user can get a fast search using an indexeg field (like a Product number), or a slower one using the file content (like Product description).

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                        0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Enabled indexing of gzip compressed blobs

                        https://stackoverflow.com/questions/46245505/indexing-gzipped-blobs-in-azure-search

                        I am trying to setup Azure Search over Azure Blob. The json blobs are compressed using gzip.

                        When I try to index the blobs as-is, I get the exception :

                        "Error detecting index schema from data source: "Error processing blob https://mystorageaccount.blob.core.windows.net/mycontainer/urlencodedname with content type ''. Status:UnsupportedMediaType, error:""

                        Looks like Azure Search blob indexer does support indexing ZIP archives (application/zip MIME type), but not gzip-compressed files.

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                          0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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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                            1 comment  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 37 votes
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                            • Indexers convert uniqueidentifier to lower case

                              Indexers convert uniqueidentifier to lower case which should not happen.

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                                0 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  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.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Enterprise  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Cover Azure Search in the HIPAA BAA

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

                                  38 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Batch document search

                                    It would be great if you could send a batch of search requests to the Azure Search, which could potentially lower the QPS count and mitigate network latency problems

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                                      0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Find all documents and get single collection property

                                      I have a index with person data. One property of it is a skills field that is a collection of strings. Search through that works just fine. For example
                                      search=azure&$select=skills then you get all people that have Azure in their document and it shows the skills collection for each result.
                                      However, when you want to get all possible skills by doing the query
                                      search=*&$select=skills
                                      then you do get all people, but almost all the skills fields are empty (except one for no apparent reason). What I want is to be able to only retrieve the skills field values of all…

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                                        1 comment  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Enable browsing the index with only read permissions.

                                        With only read access I am not able to see indices, view or search in the index.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  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…

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