The Cloud Search Service Application has been released for SharePoint On-premises

The Cloud Search Service Application has been released for SharePoint On-premises

Not so long ago I spoke about the new Hybrid Search experiences provided by the all new Cloud Search Service Application (SSA) that was under development by Microsoft and beta tested by a selection of partners including BrightStarr in this article.

Amidst the recent announcements ​and hype surrounding the launch of the SharePoint 2016 On-premises preview, a somewhat hazy announcement has been made around the release of the Cloud Search Service Application.

In an effort to provide some clarity, the release of SharePoint 2016 On-premises preview includes the new Cloud SSA, and an updated was included in the August 2015 Cumulative​ ​Update for SharePoint 2013 On-premises to include the new Cloud SSA too.

Although both the 2013 and 2016 preview versions of the on-premises products now include the new Cloud SSA, this doesn't mean that you can start taking advantage of these new Hybrid Search experiences just yet. To take advantage of this functionality Microsoft need to go through a process of enabling SharePoint Online tenancies to allow for this feature to be used. Furthermore, to work through the configuration of connecting your on-premises farms to your SharePoint Online tenancies, you'll need access to configuration steps and scripts that Microsoft will provide in due course.

As indicated in this Microsoft knowledge base article​, Microsoft expect to have much of this in place by September 7th, at which point I'd expect they'd also start to support this feature for all customers.

Any updates and progressions on this topic will be posted here within our Insights as soon as we hear more!

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Sam Hassani Principal Consultant

‘Sensible’ Sam is an asset to the consulting team. Having jumped the fence from Microsoft a few years back, he now consults and designs large scale SharePoint, O365 and Azure solutions for BrightStarr. His conscientious approach got him his nickname, and although he’s not afraid to take risks, he’s always a safe bet. Delivering stable, well thought out solutions time and time again.

In his previous job, he specialized in SharePoint, working in the field and with the product team, Sam is genuinely excited by his vocation and speaks at conferences and events with enthusiasm. Just don’t get him started on hybrid search! At the weekend Sam likes to ride his road bike and hang out with his young son.

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