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  1. Index blob container metadata

    We're trying to set up an indexer for groups of related blobs (e.g. multiple formats of a single image file) using containers. Unfortunately, it seems like the blob indexer doesn't extract metadata from containers - only the blobs themselves. As a workaround, we can duplicate metadata across all blobs in a container, but it would be nice if the indexer supported indexing container metadata directly.

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  2. Allow limiting blob documents to be indexed based on a specific metadata value

    We only want to index a subset of documents in our blob container and in order to do so now, we have to have two blob containers and manage them. Similar to how you can limit document types to be indexed or not, the ability to restrict the scope of Blob objects based on a metadata value would help reduce our operating expenses and document management overhead. We could add a new Metadata name called "AzureSearch" and if set to "true", would be picked up by the indexer. Removing it from the index would simply require changing that value and…

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  3. Indexer(crawler) on Sharepoint document library or any external data source

    Customer has a lot of documents in sharepoint document library.Unlike pushing data to an index, crawling all the documents from external data source(here it is sharepoint) and creating an index in azure search so that we can leverage cognitive services.

    We understood sharepoint integration with azure search is present in your roadmap, but if there is a possibility to leverage index(crawler) to index external data source it would be great. There are lot of clients approaching for this usecase.

    Thanks for your time.

    6 votes
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  4. Reindex completely all documents

    I can provide reason for doing it. For example there is some legacy application and SQL View as source for search or even app that is using Cosmos DB. Soft delete is only option. It could be very hard to change application code to remove documents from search index everywhere. So removed documents could stay in index.
    I know from feedback portal that Hard delete is not planned, but it is not needed if there would be possibility to allow indexer to reindex all documents completely. Just checkbox setting.

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  5. Access to queue of azure indexers waiting to run

    I think it would be nice to allow the SDK to have access to the queue of azure indexers waiting to run, that way you can tell which ones will be running next

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  6. Ensure data properties sent as input to custom skill web APIs are valid JSON

    Ensure data properties sent as input to custom skill web APIs are valid JSON.
    Some of the input JSONs received as per https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/search/cognitive-search-custom-skill-web-api have had unescaped double quotes, or special characters which aren't converted to Unicode

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  7. Azure Data Factory indexer data source

    Currently Azure Search is supported as one of the Destinations in ADF Pipelines. It would be awesome if we have support for them to act as Data sources. In this way migrating from one Azure search index to another would be easy.

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  8. Ability to specify a skillset to be used when adding documents to Search Index via DocumentsOperations SDK and REST API

    Need to be able to specify the skillset to be used when adding documents to Azure Search index using the SDK (or even the REST API one - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/searchservice/addupdate-or-delete-documents). Currently it's only possible by having an indexer. Please refer StackOverflow question for the scenario in which this would be useful:
    https://stackoverflow.com/questions/54529101/using-a-skillset-when-adding-documents-to-azure-search-index/54539852?noredirect=1#comment95962064_54539852

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  9. Add a skill to merge arrays

    Create a skill that can merge arrays. This would be useful when extracting key-phrases from a set of pages, and then you need to merge them and don't want duplicates

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  10. Extract text in a readable manner for pages using landscape orientation in PDF

    There is a known issue with PDFs that display certain pages with text oriented in a vertical manner. The issue is not that the text is not extracted, but rather that it is extracted in an unreadable manner since current extraction methods expect text to be horizontal. Unfortunately there is not currently a work around within Azure Search.

    We would need to inspect thousands of documents and rotate the vertical/landscape pages of the PDF manually before it can work as expected.

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  11. Allow to rename search index column

    Allow to rename search index column

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    0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback. This is a fair suggestion and something I’d agree we should support. We’re considering this for a future release of Azure Search. Suggestions are typically addressed based on the total number of votes received.

    Thanks,
    Mike Carter
    Azure Search Product Team

  12. Managed service identity support

    Indexing Azure Storage requires a storage account key which makes it more cumbersome to rotate that storage account key. Indexing Azure SQL DB requires a username/password making it more cumbersome to rotate that password. Please allow us to enable a Managed Service Identity (MSI) for Azure Search so that we can index data sources using that identity rather than with account keys and passwords.

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  13. OCR Cognitive Skill for both printed and handwritten text

    When parsing documents and images through the OCR cognitive skill, the 'handwritten' text extraction algorithm fails on printed documents and vice versa. This obviously isn't a bug, but it is an issue when indexing data dumps of both document types. It seems like a fix might be to have a small binary classifier model which can infer which model is appropriate for each document.
    An alternative might be an easy method of flagging documents as handwritten or printed to handle them with the appropriate model.

    10 votes
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    Thank you for your feedback. While it is unlikely we’ll address this suggestion in the near future, we’ll reassess based on the number of votes it receives.

    While we’re currently not planning on solving this out of the box, we are exploring a new cognitive services for custom document classification, that you could use to build your own classifier, and then wire it as a cognitive skill to your search pipeline. Feel free to reach out to us if you’re interested in exploring this further.

    Thanks,
    Elad
    Azure Search Product Team

  14. Implement Data Lake Gen2 Search Indexer

    It seems like MSFT is pushing Data Lake as a more robust implementation of Azure Blob.

    Implementing a Data Lake Gen2 Search Indexer would give my team confidence that Azure Search will align with our move to Data Lake.

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  15. Inverted Index

    After import data, I would check the words registered in indexes. However, Azure Search doesn't provide such features.

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  16. On bulk merge/upload, response should be 200 ok if document was successfully re-indexed

    The issue is documented here:
    https://stackoverflow.com/questions/50746146/does-mergeorupload-action-on-azure-search-index-takes-some-re-indexing-time-even

    Azure search should respond back with success message on successful re-indexing of the merged\uploaded data as against current behavior which seems to indicate "Merge \Upload request is taken up and would be indexed after unknown time, please keep looking"..

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    Thank you for your feedback. We understand the value this would bring, but there is concern about keeping an update request open the entire time it takes to index everything contain within it. What we may consider here is an API to request the status of the indexing queue to determine what has/hasn’t been processed. We’d like to know if this would be useful to you.

    While it is unlikely we’ll address this suggestion in the near future, we’ll reassess based on the number of votes it receives.

    Thanks,
    Mike
    Azure Search Product Team

  17. Index Dynamics 365

    Add Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement to index options. Today, search is costly for smaller customers as they must create a data warehouse for search.

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    0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback. While it is unlikely we’ll address this suggestion in the near future, we’ll reassess based on the number of votes it receives.

    Also, you might want to take a look at Azure Logic Apps to ingest data from this source and then use a HTTP connector to push data into Azure Search.

    Thanks,
    Liam
    Azure Search Product Team

  18. Support Decimal / Money Datatype

    Please add support for Decimal / Money datatype in index schema.

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    Thank you for your feedback. We need some more information before we can take action on this request.

    Can you share some more context re why you need a decimal (vs. the EDM.double that we support today) or money? Do your fields include signs like $?

    As a workaround, with the recent release of Cognitive Search, you can create a custom skill to transform any field

    Thanks,
    Elad
    Azure Search Product Team

  19. Adding hard delete policy to all of Indexer

    Can we add hard delete policy to all of indexer as same as soft delete policy?
    Some senario in custmer immideiately want to refect source change result. We know we can do it by making push base approach, but it's much easier and simplyer to ensure single data update way.

    Cosmos:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/search/search-howto-index-cosmosdb#indexing-deleted-documents

    Azure Table:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/search/search-howto-indexing-azure-tables#incremental-indexing-and-deletion-detection

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  20. Adding hard delete policy to all of Indexer

    Can we add hard delete policy to all of indexer as same as soft delete policy?
    Some senario in custmer immideiately want to refect source change result. We know we can do it by making push base approach, but it's much easier and simplyer to ensure single data update way.

    Cosmos:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/search/search-howto-index-cosmosdb#indexing-deleted-documents

    Azure Table:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/search/search-howto-indexing-azure-tables#incremental-indexing-and-deletion-detection

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