Exam 74-676:

FAST Enterprise Search Platform, Developing

Published:June 17, 2009
Language(s):English
Audience(s):IT Professionals,Developers
Technology:Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
Type:Proctored Exam

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Exam Topics Covered
This exam validates skills needed by candidates who perform deep customization of FAST ESP-based enterprise search solutions via application development and configuration.
Audience Profile
Candidates for this exam are application developers, sales engineers, system integrators, search consultants, and architects who have 6 months or more experience in implementing search solutions by using ESP 5.3 or earlier 5.x versions, including:
  • installing and configuring ESP
  • feeding documents into ESP
  • building a search application
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Skills Being MeasuredThis exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam.The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam.

The information after “This objective may include but is not limited to” is intended to further define or scope the objective by describing the types of skills and topics that may be tested for the objective. However, it is not an exhaustive list of skills and topics that could be included on the exam for a given skill area. You may be tested on other skills and topics related to the objective that are not explicitly listed here.
Designing and Deploying an ESP System (20 percent)
  • Design for fault tolerance.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: index subsystem, search subsystem, admin services, document processing subsystem, query and results subsystem
  • Design for performance.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: designing a system for each of the following performance metrics: query rate, document count, content dynamics, search latency, index latency
  • Deploy ESP.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: single node, multinode, installing the product from an installation profile, post-installation validation
  • Monitor and debug the system.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: viewing ESP log files, checking system health, diagnosing slow response time
  • Implement security for search results.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: Security Access Module (SAM), by collection
  • Implement ESP infrastructure security.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: ports and firewalls
Feeding Content (21 percent)
  • Feed Web content.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring Enterprise Crawler, authenticating crawler, exporting/importing a crawler configuration
  • Feed from a relational database.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring the JDBC connector
  • Feed files.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: File Traverser, incremental mode
  • Build a custom content feeding application.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: using Content API, creating a custom connector by using CCTK
Processing Content (22 percent)
  • Configure document processing stages.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring a new instance of a default stage, including setting parameters; common stages (for example, AttributeMapper, AttributeCopy); configuring an Entity Extraction document processing stage
  • Implement pipelines.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: contextual and fielded searches for unstructured content and XML content
  • Create custom-coded document processing stages.
  • Map content to fields.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: various methods of mapping (for example, AttributeMapper, JDBC)
Searching Content and Retrieving Results (21 percent)
  • Create a query.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: composing a query string, including using FQL; setting query processing parameters; creating and managing search profiles by using Search Business Center (SBC)
  • Run a search and display the results.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: built-in Search Front End (SFE) Web interface; Query Results Server (QR Server) Web interface
  • Build a front-end search client .
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: using Search API, using HTTP interface by means of URL parameters
  • Create an index profile.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: fields, composite fields, scope fields, result views, teasers, sorting, navigators, supervised clustering, unsupervised clusteringItem idea: We want to create a query that looks in parts of a document (scope search)
Implementing Relevancy and Linguistics (16 percent)
  • Configure relevancy tuning in the index profile.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: tuning relevancy by using a rank profile, configuring composite fields
  • Implement query boosts and blocks.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configure relevancy tuning in the SBC
  • Set static rank.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: Index tools such as document boost, configuring relevancy tuning in document processing
  • Manage dictionaries.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: entity extraction dictionaries, synonym dictionaries, dictman, SBC, deploying dictionaries, and configuring synonyms
  • Implement lemmatization.
  • Influence relevancy in a query.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: rank operator, filter operator
Preparation Tools and ResourcesTo help you prepare for this exam, Microsoft Learning recommends that you have hands-on experience with the product and that you use the following training resources. These training resources do not necessarily cover all of the topics listed in the "Skills Measured" tab.
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Microsoft Online Resources
FAST University: A structured learning service that provides technical training for customers and partners who want to gain an in-depth understanding of our search technology. Students can register for all of these classes and tutorials from the FAST University Learning Portal

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