Exporting SharePoint 2013 Search Customisations

​I had a client the other day who have a production enviorment and have just created a development enviorment.  This particular client have a LOT of search customisations and more than a handful of result types, result sources, etc.  Unfortunately when the content DB which was a copy of the prod enviorment was restored to the dev enviorment, it did not include any of these customisations.

With the help of a good colleague of mine we put together some PowerShell functions that will enable you to export the search customisations from the UI and the import them to the destination site using 1 line of PowerShell.

Open powershell and paste the following lines of code:

[reflection.assembly]::LoadWithPartialName(“Microsoft.SharePoint.Client”) | Out-Null
[reflection.assembly]::LoadWithPartialName(“Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.search”) | Out-Null

function Export-SPEnterpriseSearchSettings($siteUrl, $settingsFile=”SearchSchema.xml”, $exportLevel=[Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Search.Administration.SearchObjectLevel]::SPSite){
$context = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext($siteUrl)
$searchConfigurationPortability = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Search.Portability.SearchConfigurationPortability($context)
$owner = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Search.Administration.SearchObjectowner($context,$exportLevel)
$value = $searchConfigurationPortability.ExportSearchConfiguration($owner)
[xml]$schema = $value.Value
$schema.OuterXml | Out-File $settingsFile -Encoding UTF8

function Import-SPEnterpriseSearchSettings($siteUrl, $settingsFile=”SearchSchema.xml”, $exportLevel=[Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Search.Administration.SearchObjectLevel]::SPSite){

$context = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext($siteUrl)
$searchConfigurationPortability = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Search.Portability.searchconfigurationportability($context)
$owner = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Search.Administration.searchobjectowner($context,$exportLevel)
[xml]$schema = [xml](gc $settingsFile)

Then type the following powershell command: Import-SPEnterpriseSearchSettings –siteUrl http://mysiteurl –settingsFile “C:\temp\SearchConfiguration.xml”

I have been asked about how to do this a few time’s so thought that this would be a good, quick post to write up.  Enjoy!



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