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I have used the following article to add an additional crawled propert to SharePoint 2010 user profile search. http://www.sharepointsteve.com/2010/10/making-custom-user-profile-properties-searchable-in-sharepoint-2010/

The crawled property is called NickName. This is setup, configured and searchable!

If i search using the following criteria "Nickname:Jon" i successfully return my user record as i have the nickname Jon populated. However if i just search "Jon" i get no results returned.

I have looked at the configuration for the Search Service, User Profile and for the search webparts but am unable to get this working.

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Not sure, it makes any difference but a detailed thread from someone who faced similar issue. The person seemed to have contacted MS Support as well, so you'll see a lot many updates. Here's the article.

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    Thanks Nitin i resolved the issue using the post by adding mappings for the crawled properties to the ‘ContentsHidden’ managed property. I then needed to run a full crawl
    – Jon
    Commented Dec 1, 2011 at 16:39
  • Glad the post helped Commented Dec 1, 2011 at 17:32
  • This really helped even in SP 2013. Thanks for your answer.
    – user15943
    Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 6:31

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