Configuration Manager 2012: Searching the TechNet Documentation

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It can certainly be challenging at times to find what you need in the massive reference known as TechNet.  The search box that is provided searches all of TechNet, not just the section you happen to be in, which is unfortunate. However, thanks to Carol Bailey (Principal Technical Writer for ConfigMgr) there are a few nifty search strings you can use to help narrow down your results.  I’ve been using these for a little bit now and they work really really well for me.

Search the Configuration Manager Documentation Library

Find information online from the Documentation Library for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.

This customized Bing query scopes your search so that you see results from the Documentation Library for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager only. It uses the search text Configuration Manager, which you can replace in the search bar with your own search string or strings, and choice of search operators, to help you narrow the search results.

Example Searches

Use the Find information online link and customize the search by using the following examples.

· Single search string: To search for topics that contain the search string Endpoint Protection, replace Configuration Manager with Endpoint Protection:

("Endpoint Protection") site:technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library meta:search.MSCategory(gg682056)

· Combining search strings: To search for topics that contain the search strings Endpoint Protection and monitoring, use the AND operator:

("Endpoint Protection") AND ("monitoring") site:technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library meta:search.MSCategory(gg682056)

· Alternative search strings: To search for topics that contain the search string Endpoint Protection or monitoring, use the OR operator:

("Endpoint Protection" OR "monitoring") site:technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library meta:search.MSCategory(gg682056)

· Exclude search strings: To search for topics that contain the search string Endpoint Protection and exclude topics about monitoring, use the NOT operator:

("Endpoint Protection)" NOT ("monitoring") site:technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library meta:search.MSCategory(gg682056)

Search Tips

Use the following search tips to help you find the information that you need:

· When you search on a page in TechNet (for example, press Ctrl-F1, and enter search terms in the Find box), the results exclude text that is in collapsed sections. If you are using TechNet in Classic view, before you search on the page, click Expand All at the top of the page, before the topic title. By default, you must first click Collapse All, and then you can click Expand All. With all sections expanded, search on the page can then search all sections on that page. If you are using TechNet in Lightweight view, this configuration does not support the Expand All option and you must manually expand individual sections that are collapsed before search on the page finds text in those sections.

Tip

To change from TechNet Lightweight view (the default) to Classic view, click the Preferences icon at the top of the page, click Classic, and then click OK.

· To search a topic in the help file, press F1, and enter search terms in the Find dialog box. The help file does not support the Expand All option and you must manually expand individual sections that are collapsed before search on the page finds text in those sections.

· Whenever possible, use the TechNet online library rather than downloaded documentation. TechNet contains the most up-to-date information and the information that you are searching for might not be in the downloaded documentation or there might be corrections or additional information online.

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