Search Components and Processes in SharePoint and Office 365

Understand how the Search Engine in SharePoint and Office 365 really works.

When planning for Search, the first step is always getting a basic understanding on its components: how they work and how they work together, what are the dependencies and constraints. This preparation helps you to define the landmark of Search, and to educate your users and colleagues as well.

This overview helps you to understand all the three major processes:

  • Crawling and Indexing
  • Query Processing
  • Search Analytics

"Top dollar value. The method Agnes Molnar use to give the participants deep search knowledge is brilliant."

- Per Birk, Special Consultant, TechLead, National Danish Police


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"Agnes, Thank you for developing this course. Understanding Search is key to the success of any project based on Office 365 / SharePoint technologies. Anyone who faces the challenge of making content easily discoverable by colleagues, co-workers and constituents will find your work helpful."

- Grant R. Cocco, CISSP, Senior Systems Administrator, Woodart & Curran

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"I first attended one of Agnes’s sessions several years ago at NYC SharePoint Saturday. I have used the knowledge I gained in that short hour and a half a number of times since in preparing solutions for clients. I attended the 2-day course thinking that if I learned that much in an hour with Agnes, what would I get out of 2 days? I was not disappointed. Everything we discussed and the tasks we performed were relevant and immediately useful in my job. It also gave me the opportunity to pass along the knowledge to my co-workers. I have often recommended SearchExplained.com to both co-workers and clients."

- John Lee, Director of Implementation Services, Gimmal

Your Instructor

Agnes Molnar
Agnes Molnar

Agnes Molnar, principal consultant, and CEO of Search Explained specializes in information architecture and enterprise search.

During her remarkable career, Agnes has collaborated with numerous renowned companies on both a national and international scale, architecting and executing dozens of enterprise search implementations for both commercial and government organizations.

Due to her passion and zest for the IT field, since the year 2008, Agnes has consistently received the prestigious MVP award (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional). She has also been designated several times since 2013 as one of the Top 25 Influencers in SharePoint and Office 365, both in Europe and globally.

Agnes’s basic aim is to create awareness among people regarding search options, techniques, and best practices. According to her, people should know how to search for something they are looking for in a short and precise time frame. Also, the searched material should be accurate and useful for the respective individual. She accomplishes this through Search Explained's blog by sharing search tips and techniques, best practices and related information management methods. Moreover, she delivers all this in a remarkably easy-to-understand way so that everyone can comprehend and relate to it.

Apart from her blog work, Agnes has also written and co-authored various books on SharePoint and Enterprise Search. (See more on our Books page)

She has also delivered many presentations on the topics of search and different Microsoft technologies around the globe, i.e. in USA, Canada, Singapore, UK, Germany, Peru … and the list goes on. (See more on our list of Events, and her Speaking page.)

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Technology changes very often, especially in the cloud. How accurate this course will be in a month? In a year?
The course is EVERGREEN – I refresh its content as new features in Office 365 are released as well as for major updates in SharePoint on-prem. Once you subscribe to the course, you get the new content as soon as it is published.
I am a knowledge manager / information architect. Is this course for me?
Yes, it is. You will learn best practices of how to organize your content for better findability, the configuration options of improving search, as well as how create search-driven applications (for example dashboards or knowledge portals).
I am an IT Pro / SharePoint Administrator. Is this course for me?
Yes, absolutely. You will learn the configuration steps and best practices. Moreover, you also get new ideas of how everything can be used in your organization, which you can present to your managers – and become the Search Ninja who makes it possible! How does this sound?
I am a developer. Is this course for me?
Sorry, but this course doesn’t have any dev content. However, if you want to understand what you do when you develop something for your organization’s Search portal, this course will can help you.

This course is closed for enrollment.