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. Support for crawling HTML/websites

    Enable Azure Search to crawl a local HTML website

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  2. Run multiple Indexers at once

    We have many indexes with matching indexers that scan SQL Server tables to import/update data.

    I found that during the initial import of a new large index (millions of records, taking several hours), none of the other indexers on the same service are run at all. This means that just by adding a new index, all other indexes will become stale until the large index is finished!

    Please add the ability for multiple indexers to run simultaneously.

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  3. Support picking existing index when creating an indexer in Azure Portal

    Today is only possible to create an indexer if you follow the entire process through import data workflow:

    -Select the data Source
    -Add Cognitive skills (optional)
    -Create an Index
    -Create an Indexer

    However, there are times we want to set a different schedule for an indexer or create a new one, without recreating the index.

    38 votes
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  4. allow indexers to call DocumentDB stored procedures

    We have difficulty in transferring documents where we require multiple maps of our data into the flat search index. There is a limit of two user defined functions (which we use to do this) and there doesn't appear to be a way to call a stored procedure through the query language. Having the search indexers support DocumentDB stored procedures gives us far more power and flexibility to map the data correctly. At the moment we have had to revert back to writing our own code to do this.

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  5. 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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  6. SQL Server integrated change detection for VIEWS

    Currently, only tables can use SQL Server integrated change detection, for automatically detect if rows are changed or deleted.

    For views, this is manually coded.

    Please, add support to it.

    THANKS

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    Text removed from https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/search-howto-connecting-azure-sql-database-to-azure-search-using-indexers-2015-02-28/

    If the data is scattered across multiple tables, you can create a view and use that view with the indexer. However, be aware that if you use a view, you won’t be able to use SQL Server integrated change detection. See this section for more details.

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  7. Use Webhooks after running an indexer

    It would be interesting if an indexer could use Webhooks to notify that it has finished indexing. In this way, for example, we can integrate it with Azure functions and avoid having to poll for the status of an Indexer that I have triggered.
    I'm working on an application that will create contents and place them in Blob Storage. An indexer will be executed and I would like to execute some searches once the indexing is done. It would be nice if the Indexer could notify a function (via a webhook) that it finished indexing in order to execute those…

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  8. Add an RSS indexer

    An RSS feed indexer would be helpful because it’s so generic. Also easy to create reuse on different platforms. (Request from Twitter: https://twitter.com/SeidoKevin/status/585660800980877313)

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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.

    In the meantime – you could consider using LogicApps to create triggers for your RSS feeds and push the data either into a blob for an Azure Search indexer to pick up, or directly send an HTTP post request to push the data directly into the indexer.

    Thanks,
    Elad
    Azure Search Product Team

  9. Indexer priority

    We are using CosmosDb as our DB for apps search and we need to have overrides to change apps metadata on-the-fly. This allows us to hide some apps from clients or change privacy statements without the need for the developer to re-upload their work.

    To achieve this, we use a CosmosDb collection for the app data and another for the overrides.
    In order to provide our clients with search, we use Azure Search and to keep indexes up-to-date, we wanted to use Indexers.

    It is indeed possible at the present time to have multiple data sources get uploaded to the…

    6 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.

    Also, you may want to start a stack overflow discussion on this topic… may be we can think of other mechanisms (besides indexer priorities) that allow you to get to an acceptable outcome.

    Thanks,
    Luis Cabrera
    Azure Search Product Team

  10. Support indexing JSON-LD embedded in HTML documents

    Support indexing structured data (e.g. schema.org) in HTML documents.

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  11. Provide an agent to watch a filesystem for document changes

    I'm currently using dropbox for this, and it would be nice to bypass this step, and go directly to search

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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.

    In the meantime – we do support indexer through Azure Files which would allow you to do what you’re looking for. Another alternative would be to use Logic Apps (or Flow), and create triggers for your file system, pushing the data into a blob or Posting it directly to the search index.

    Thanks,
    Elad
    Azure Search Product Team

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