hands-on lab

Azure Cognitive Search

1h 30m
Get guided in a real environmentPractice with a step-by-step scenario in a real, provisioned environment.
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Lab description


Azure Cognitive Search (formerly known as "Azure Search") is a cloud search service that gives developers infrastructure, APIs, and tools for building a rich search experience over private, heterogeneous content in web, mobile, and enterprise applications.

Search is foundational to any app that surfaces text content to users, with common scenarios including catalog or document search, online retail, or knowledge mining for data science.


Across the Azure platform, Cognitive Search can integrate with other Azure services in the form of indexers that automate data ingestion/retrieval from Azure data sources, and skillsets that incorporate consumable AI from Cognitive Services, such as image and natural language processing, or custom AI that you create in Azure Machine Learning or wrap inside Azure Functions.

Lab Objectives

Upon completion of this lab, you will be able to

  • Create Azure search service in portal
  • Create Azure search index
  • Create a demo app
  • Create a skill set and knowledge store

Intended Audience

This lab is intended for

  • Developers
  • Cloud engineers
  • Anyone aiming to implement azure cognitive search services


You should be familiar with

  • The principles of the Azure Portal is helpful but not required


September 22, 2023 - Resolved deployment issue

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Lab steps
Logging in to the Microsoft Azure Portal
Azure Cognitive Search service in the portal
Create an Azure Cognitive Search index in the Azure portal
Create a demo app in the portal
Use Search explorer to run queries