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Notes from the Field

Google Search Appliance (GSA) Notes from the Field provide help for designing and deploying search solutions based on the GSA. The recommendations and information in GSA Notes from the Field were gathered through work with a variety of clients and environments.

Notes from the Field are intended for a broad range of users, from anyone who is performing administration of the Google Search Appliance to solution architects, technical architects, and application developers. Please take a moment to send us your feedback about Notes from the Field.

Notes from the Field include the following guides:

Getting Started Guide

The Getting Started Guide is a quick-start guide for getting the Google Search Appliance up and running.

Audience: First-time GSA administrators.
Benefits: Helps you to perform simple configuration of your search appliance to start serving results to your users.
Last updated: March, 2014
New! This guide is now available in German, French, and Spanish.

Deployment Architectures

Deployment Architectures describes some classic examples of deployment architectures and how the GSA can be deployed to handle the various and critical needs of a large, performance heavy, yet failure intolerant, corporate user community.

Audience: GSA administrators, network administrators, content program managers.
Benefits: Helps you to understand GSA features for high availability, disaster recovery, and scaling.
Last updated: August, 2014
New! This guide is now available in German, French, and Spanish.

Security

Security reviews all the options for modeling security requirements and transforming them into your security solution.

Audience: Project managers, technical project managers, developers, and GSA administrators.
Benefits: Helps you better understand the security protocols that the GSA supports.
Last updated: May, 2014
New! This guide is now available in German, French, and Spanish.

Introduction to Content Integration

Introduction to Content Integration covers methods for integrating content into the GSA search index, such as feeds, connectors, and cloud connect.

Audience: Project managers and GSA administrators.
Benefits: Helps you to decide the right methods for integrating content into the GSA search index.
Last updated: August, 2014
New! This guide is now available in German, French, and Spanish.

User Experience Guide

The User Experience Guide discusses methods for enhancing the search experience, such as selecting the appropriate presentation method and enabling various different GSA features.

Audience: GSA administrators, developers, and web designers.
Benefits: Gives you recommendations for creating an effective search experience for your users.
Last updated: August, 2014
New! This guide is now available in German, French, and Spanish.

Deployment Governance and Operational Models

Deployment Governance and Operational Models covers publishing best practices, data governance strategies, content on-boarding processes, and solution ownership models.

Audience: Business architects, solution architects, technical architects, GSA administrators, and enterprise content management system administrators working on the design of an enterprise search solution using the Google Search Appliance.
Benefits: Helps you to identify the right models for your organization for deploying a GSA, on-boarding content, and rolling out a search solution to a production environment.
Last updated: March, 2014
New! This guide is now available in German, French, and Spanish.

Update and Migration Handbook

The Update and Migration Handbook provides an overview of all aspects involved in updating or migrating a Google Search Appliance.

Audience: Solution architects, technical architects, and GSA administrators.
Benefits: Highlights everything you need to know about updating or migrating your GSA.
Last updated: March, 2013

Solution Design and Planning

Solution Design and Planning covers core planning activities with fundamental guiding principles that apply to all search deployments.

Audience: Project managers and GSA administrators.
Benefits: Provides guidelines to help you deploy your GSA efficiently and successfully.
Last updated: March, 2014
New! This guide is now available in German, French, and Spanish.

Deployment Scenario Handbook

Deployment Scenario Handbook describes more advanced GSA configurations that an architecture might be required for as more content sources are integrated with the GSA.

Audience: First-time Google Search Appliance administrators, experienced GSA administrators, and GSA functional analysts.
Benefits: Helps you to analyze requirements for typical GSA deployment scenarios.
Last updated: May, 2014
New! This guide is now available in German, French, and Spanish.

Google Analytics Integration Guide

The Google Analytics Integration Guide provides comprehensive instructions on how to integrate Google Analytics with the Google Search Appliance.

Audience: First-time and experienced GSA administrators, as well developers and web designers tasked with gauging GSA use and quantifying ROI.
Benefits: Enables you to track visitor data about a front end's pages, including page views, number of visits, and average time on page.
Last updated: March, 2014
New! This guide is now available in German, French, and Spanish.

Additional Topics and Q&A

Additional Topics and Q&A includes topics, as well as questions and answers that are not covered in any of the other GSA Notes from the Field.

Audience: Business architects, solution architects, technical architects, GSA administrators, and enterprise content management system administrators working on the design of an enterprise search solution using the Google Search Appliance.
Benefits: Answers some frequently asked questions about the GSA and includes advice on how to use Apache as a filtering proxy and the publicly available GSA Admin Toolkit.
Last updated: March, 2014
New! This guide is now available in German, French, and Spanish.

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