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. Backup/Snapshot of Index

    It should be possible for us to snapshot our indices at an interval of our choosing. The location for the snapshot should be Blob Storage.

    Why

    A data load goes wrong. Currently you are stuffed if this happens. You have no way to rollback.

    You want to take a production index + data and restore it into UAT/TEST/DEV. Currently there is no way to do this other than to load from source.

    151 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Enterprise  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Support for disaster recovery/failover

    This would ensure high availability in case a DC goes offline/down so that customer doesn't need to write data to multiple geo-located accounts

    136 votes
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  3. Allow handling spelling errors in search "Did you mean ''?"

    It would be really nice to have spell check and auto correct as part of search.

    134 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Azure Search Alerts

    Azure Search should have alerts similar to Azure SQL database. For example, I should be able to set up an alert to warn me if my index is almost full, et.c

    127 votes
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    under review  ·  11 comments  ·  Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Support custom dictionary

    Some domestic senario like, Legal, really domestic topic require custome dictionary for more accurate wordbreaking, stemming and normalization. I think custome dictionary with easy maintemance like SharePoint or FAST provide today is help this type of senario.

    123 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Allow create, update, delete of Data Sources, Indexes, and Indexers with Service through ARM templates

    You currently can only create a service instance through an ARM template, you then need to make REST calls to create, update, or delete Data Sources, Indexes, and Indexers. This makes using Azure Search a challenge in solutions that are released in a Continuous Delivery model. If I want to use Release Management in VSTS to automate deployments, I need to write additional PowerShell scripts to call Azure Cmdlets to get the Primary Key for the service, then call REST APIs through PowerShell, and suck in JSON files to send as part of the request. It's a very complicated process…

    119 votes
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    1 comment  ·  REST API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Storage Optimized tier in the Basic tier pricing range (L0)

    For a small business with low traffic and data just over the 2GB limit of the Basic tier it´s really hard to justify to upgrade to standard tier for 3.3x more cost. The performance and scaling for Basic tier is more the enough but the 2GB limit is just to low.
    It would be nice if you could introduce storage optimized layer(L0) for the lower end of the price range where performance and scaling is not important but the storage amount is more than 2GB.

    108 votes
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  8. Create the ability to get the Query Key in an ARM template

    At the moment it is not possible to list the Query Keys in the ARM template, to use the output as the input for let's say a Web App configuration.

    94 votes
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  9. Add support to search Sharepoint Document Library directly

    Customer has a lot of documents in SharePoint document library that they want to be able to Search.

    93 votes
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  10. Add support for using Azure Data Lake with blob indexer or new indexer

    Customer would want to use ADL as a centralized store and then use various services like Azure Search, HDInsight on top of the same document store

    83 votes
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  11. 76 votes
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  12. 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.

    57 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Extend Tag Boosting by "searching" instead of "filtering"

    Azure Search with Tag Boosting will give a boost to documents that have "exact" tags in common with the input query.

    If a tag in index is "salt lake city" and one from query is "salt lake", the document doesn't get a boost. Even worse, since I believe Tag matching is using "filter" routine, it is case-sensitive.

    Yes, we can do multi-column search, but one column search with tag boosting is a way more fast and returns better relevance results focusing on the main column.

    So it would be great if Azure Search extends the current Tag Boosting to use…

    55 votes
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  14. 53 votes
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  15. Support expressions in $orderby

    Let us have an Azure Search index with three columns:
    1. Id [Edm.String]
    2. Tags [Collection(Edm.String)]
    3. MaxScore [Edm.Int32]

    The index contains the following two entries:
    Id Tags MaxScore
    1 Paris,London,Rome 30
    2 Paris 10

    We have also a scoring profile and a scoring function of type Tag (Sum, Linear) which evaluate every tag by 10 points (boost = 10).

    We want to search the records with tags "Paris, London" in this index and sort it according to the percentage of compliance, while 100% is the value in column MaxScore.

    The problem is that by default Azure Search sorts records…

    44 votes
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  16. 44 votes
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  17. 44 votes
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  18. 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

    37 votes
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  19. 36 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. Provide the ability to hibernate/revive the index

    There are many scenarios where indexes are only needed for particular periods. A simple example is for demo purposes. I want to be able to have an index ready to use, but only use it periodically. It's too expensive to keep it running. It would be more 'cloudy' to have the ability to save/hibernate it to storage, and to be able to revive it from there. (I saw another suggestion to backup/snapshot. That's good but it also needs the ability to be deleted and still be recovered).

    35 votes
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    under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Pricing and Quotas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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