Release to Web of Documentum and FileNet Indexing Connectors

We released two Microsoft Enterprise Search Indexing Connectors (also known as Protocol Handlers) for EMC Documentum 5.3 (Service Pack 4) and IBM FileNet P8 3.5.1 or 3.5.2.

The connectors are compatible with the 32-bit English-language versions of SharePoint Server 2007 (Service Pack 1), Search Server 2008 and Search Server 2008 Express. Both indexing connectors are fully supported by Microsoft Product Support Services.

Enterprise Search Indexing Connector 2008 for IBM FileNet Technical Resources

The following resources provide details for installing and using the indexing connector for IBM FileNet:

Enterprise Search Indexing Connector 2008 for EMC Documentum Technical Resources

The following resources provide details for installing and using the indexing connector for EMC Documentum:

SharePoint Web Parts for FAST ESP

These new SharePoint web parts provide interoperability between FAST ESP and Microsoft SharePoint Server.

Using these Web Parts and Site Templates, SharePoint administrators will be able to quickly and easily build FAST ESP-based search sites inside SharePoint 2007 by simply dropping in and configuring the appropriate components.

Visit here (CodePlex) for more details and to download the web parts.

Partner Redistribution of Search Server Express

We’ve heard from many partners who are interested in redistributing Search Server Express with their hardware and software solutions. 

Microsoft Partners can now do so by registering for the new end-user license agreement (available here). This EULA is available in all Search Server Express product languages.

Robert Satterwhite – In Memorial

I loved working with Robert.  He was a great partner and competitor and colleague. Robert, I look forward to seeing you again one day.  If any of you worked with Robert, I would love to share stories with you.

Robert Satterwhite
Robert John Satterwhite

Robert John SATTERWHITE Age 44, passed away unexpectedly Friday (Aug 15, 2008) at his home in Woodinville, Washington. He was an avid skier, soccer enthusiast and outdoor adventurer enjoying many memorable outings with his friends and wife Lene Meilvag Satterwhite. Robert and Lene although married for just a short time had the opportunity to ski & travel to many countries and enjoy their special relationship over the past eighteen years. Robert worked for twenty + years in the high technology field and for the past 6 years was a Senior Technical Evangelist with Microsoft. Robert was born in Twin Falls Idaho on December 3, 1963 and moved with his family to Tacoma, WA at the age of 5. He attended Cloverpark High School participating in soccer and other athletic activities. His college studies included computer science & information technology. These studies opened a challenging and exciting profession for him and he totally immersed himself in the industry working for a variety of companies world wide. Robert was preceded in death byhis mother, Linda Humphrey Satterwhite in 2005, his father John F.Satterwhite in 1970 and his sisterStacey in 1970. He is survived by his two brothers, Kevin Satterwhite andSteven Douglas Satterwhite, both of Tacoma. Celebration of his life & services will be Thursday 8/21 at 11:00 a.m. at Bear Creek United Methodist Church, 16530 Avondale Road NE, Woodinville, Washington 98077. Two separate memorial services will be held later in Idaho and on the ski-slopes in WA.

WhitePaper: Optimizing MOSS WCM for Search

A new white paper has been published to MSDN that describes some approaches to creating Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 web content management (WCM) sites that are optimized for search engines, and what to avoid to help improve search ratings.

It’s not a very long paper, but it does describe a few good tips and tricks that any WCM page designer should be aware of.

A few of the tips that are worthy of calling out here:

  • Use proper semantic code (appropriate HTML elements) such as headlines. For example, use headline elements tagged as <h1> to <h6>. Use proper HTML list items; for example, ordered, unordered, or definition lists tagged with <ol>, <ul>, or <dl> tags. Use alt and title attributes with image (<img>) tags. Use a Favorites icon for bookmarking and to keep your error log clean. For more information, see How to Add a Shortcut Icon to a Web Page.
  • Use the Platform for Internet Content Selection (PICS) specification (see W3C and ICRA tools) to provide a signal to search engines and filter programs that your Web site is safe for children.
  • Consider keyword density. Because of a general misuse of HTML keyword <meta> tags, current crawlers compare the number of times a word or a phrase appears in an HTML page to the number of times it appears in its <meta> tag to properly determine its relevancy. Using too few or too many keywords can have a negative effect.

In regard to the need for a Welcome Page Redirect to help optimize your sites for Search, here is a paragraph from the white paper.

The landing page or welcome page in Office SharePoint Server 2007 is a 302 redirect page. This can cause problems, as pages with temporary redirects can affect the page’s ranking adversely. If you must use redirection, it is always a better to use 301 permanent redirects. Unfortunately, it is not possible to change this behavior in Office SharePoint Server; however, you can use any URL rewriter and make your welcome or landing page a permanent redirect.

The paper then includes code and additional instruction to help you to write the URL redirect module for your site.

Do you have any other tips or tricks for making your WCM site work more easily with search engines?

Posting Again?

You’d think that I’d learn that posting on this blog is a dangerous thing, and that I’d learn to stay away from it, but I can’t seem to learn that lesson.  I’m back posting online again.  This summer has been a hectic and interesting one, and there has been enough that has been up in the air, that adding to the blogospher via my little channel found itself lower on my priority list.  I think that now that I am getting back on top of things, that the priority for the blog, and the general enrichment to the SharePoint community that it provides ;-), will come back up to the level that it deserves. (Put on your boots).  Thanks for your patience.  Let me know if you have any comments or suggestions.

SharePoint v3 and 2007 – Support for SQL Server 2008

The good folks at the SharePoint Product Group have announced that Windows SharePoint Services v3 and SharePoint Server 2007 are now supported on SQL Server 2008.  SP1 of the SharePoint product is required for this support.

New documentation describing the support for SQL Server 2008 has been released:

Have fun with SQL Server 2008!