My second presentation at SPC2008 was Advanced Search Configuration and Management. I presented in "the BIG room" and what a thrill that was. The AV folks were true professionals, the stage was amazing, and the audience (though a bit small due to the early hour on the last day..) was very receptive and kind.
After the session I fired up the VPC to determine what went wrong with the breadcrumb demo and determined that in my haste I chose the wrong master page. Rather than editing blueglassband.master, I edited blueband.master. The resulting pages should have looked like this, notice that the search box is missing on both pages.
I promised that I would post the links, deck, and code so here you go.
Microsoft Enterprise Search: http://www.microsoft.com/enterprisesearch
Microsoft Enterprise Search Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/enterprisesearch
Partner Search Information: https://www.quickstartmicrosoftsearch.com
My Blog: http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/author/mmcdermott but you knew that!
Index Tuning and Relevance
One attendee asked about tuning relevance. There are a few techniques that you can use. Here are a few articles that should get you pointed in the right direction.
You can adjust relevance in the thesaurus file as well: Microsoft KB 837847
Open Search Spec
I wrote up a separate post with the walk through that I did not get to in my demo. Light up IE with Open Search.
Managing keywords outside of MOSS
There was an "Importer" for XML, I am at a loss for where I saw it though…
Here is the deck I presented: Advanced Search Configuration and Management.