Archive for category: FAST for SharePoint

FAST for SharePoint 2010 – Cumulative Update August 2012

05 Apr 2013
April 5, 2013

The Cumulative Update August 2012 for FAST Search Server for SharePoint 2010 is out for a while now – seems like nobody has tried this one yet. Or quality control has happened…

Updating FAST Search

When you install a service pack or a cumulative update for FAST you have to run the setup and then you have to start a FAST powershell and start “psconfig –action p” – otherwise your search won’t work because SAM Worker process is dead.

Cumulative Update August 2012

So what happens when you install the update? The installation went fine – I rebooted my server and then, as usually, I started the powershell to start the patch command! BAM!


Epic quality check fail!



At least the fix for this problem is quite simple – and the powershell error is really helpful this time.

Open the file “<FASTInstall>\installer\scripts\include\commontasks.ps1” and go to line 169. Replace $script:$HOST_CONFIG_HOST_NAME with $script:HOST_CONFIG_HOST_NAME. Save the file and then start the patch again with “psconfig –action p” in the installer\scripts folder. After patching check with nctrl status if the SAM Worker is alive again.


Easy fix – just remove the $

Still, unbelievable.

Missing FAST Search Center Template

26 Apr 2012
April 26, 2012

Ever wondered where the FAST Search Center Template is and why the hack its not there when you create a new site?

Start this little powershell and you can create it:

FAST: Open Library/Location in FAST for SharePoint search results

20 Feb 2012
February 20, 2012

Recently I read a blog post how to customize the core result webpart – thats the webpart showing the results after you do a search with SharePoint 2010. The the output was modified so that you can click on a link to open the library/folder containing the document you searched – quite handy in my eyes.

SharePoint Search

The solution for SharePoint search is quite easy, just add

and you are good to go (more details in the mentioned blog post).

The Problem

If you are doing the same thing with FAST for SharePoint (FS4SP) it does not work. The propertysitename is not filled with the location of the document, the FAST crawler extracts, what it should – the sitename.

The Solution

So I started up Visual Studio, copied the xslt and the search result xml and created a little xslt function to extract the path to a document and to show a link:

In the xstl search for the comment “<!– END Additional links –>” – add my code after the closing </div>, thats arround row number 655.

Then add the template “build-location-link” close to the end of the xslt. I added mine right before the comment “<!– End of Stylesheet –>”. That should be line number 968.

The result should look like this:

In my eyes the xslt is not the most elegant solution (any way to remove the recursion with xslt?) – but – I tested it in several installations now – the users loves it!

If you have trouble copy/paste all out of this file: FAST Open Library XSLT.

Further improvements?

So how did you modify the search results – any modifications worth to share?


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