Wednesday, 8 October 2014

SharePoint 2013 Managed Properties not automatically created

According to TechNet article at SharePoint 2013 automatically generated crawled and managed properties given that the site column will have information stored and a full crawling has been completed successfully.

However, I encountered a case in which the Search service application failed to managed properties and create a invalid crawled properties. In my custom site columns definition elements.xml file I have a field called HTMLComments and the field schema was as below :

I notice that only crawled property has been created with a name HTMLCommentsOWS which not following the naming convention mentioned in the above link. as the field is HTML Field I expected to have automatically created crawled property named "ows_r_HTML_HTMLComments". I was clueless for a while and then I end up viewing the Schema for an OTB Field PublishingPageContent and it was as below

I notice that the SourceID  attribute is missing from my Field definition,I added the source Id attribute as below:

and run full crawling and I notice that the  crawling properties and managed properties has been created successfully.

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