New Version ManagerSince you have to download and install the new version, the first thing you'll notice is the new Version Manager. The process of applying upgrades isn't too exciting even on the GSA, but there are some nice new features here. For example, you can actually roll back to previous versions! This is handy for developers who have to support customers on 7.0 and 7.2 simultaneously. You can also easily open a SupportCall session from Version Manager, which is nice if you can't get into the admin console.
|Version Manager showing multiple available versions|
New admin console look and feelOnce you've upgraded, the first thing you'll notice is that the admin console has been significantly changed. The UI is a lot cleaner, and menus have been rearranged - it may take you a while to learn where everything is in the new menus! The overall structure of the admin console hasn't changed that much, though, so with a little browsing you'll be able to find everything you need. The notification area in the upper right corner is a nice touch - warning messages will show up there and can then be dismissed.
|New admin console|
Wildcard searchingThe biggest new feature, in my opinion, is wildcard searching. If you're not familiar with the GSA, it might be hard for you to believe that this feature wasn't already there, but it wasn't! Google Search Appliance searches have been a lot like searches on Google.com: the search user enters a few words or a phrase, and the back-end search algorithms do all of the heavy lifting to figure out what's really relevant for the user. In the enterprise though, wildcard searches can be a little more important than for public searches.
Wildcard searches are pretty simple. To use them, you first have to configure the index to support them. Within the 7.2 admin console, navigate to Index ... Index Settings, set "Wildcard Indexing Type" to "Complete", and save your changes. You'll need to recrawl or refeed your documents after doing this.
|Wildcard Indexing Settings|
|Sample wildcard query|
|Search results sorted by relevance|
|Search results sorted by metadata|
Support for HTTP POST
|Enabling trusted applications|
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