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How To Configure Enterprise Search In SharePoint 2010

Configuring Enterprise Search in SharePoint 2010 involves choosing between SharePoint Server Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint, both of which share a common platform and offer the same query-side interfaces. These options provide developers with the tools to customize the search user interface, search for new content, improve relevance, customize item processing, and programmatically administer SharePoint Enterprise Search.

When considering which option to choose, it’s important to understand the different versions and licensing models available for SharePoint 2010 Products. These include SharePoint Foundation 2010, Search Server 2010 Express, Search Server 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. Each version offers unique features and capabilities, allowing organizations to tailor their Enterprise Search configuration to their specific needs.

To help you navigate the configuration process, the guide “Getting Started with Enterprise Search in SharePoint 2010 Products” provides detailed instructions on setting up the search service application, creating accounts, configuring the search topology, and more. By following these step-by-step instructions, you can unlock the full potential of Enterprise Search in SharePoint 2010 and streamline your organization’s search functionality for improved business operations.

Choose the Right Search Option for Your Needs

To configure Enterprise Search in SharePoint 2010, it is important to choose the right search option based on your specific requirements. SharePoint Server Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint offer different capabilities and licensing models, allowing you to customize your search experience.

SharePoint Server Search is included with SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010. It provides basic search functionality and is suitable for small to medium-sized organizations with simpler search requirements. SharePoint Server Search uses the same index and query architecture as FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint, but with limited customization options.

On the other hand, FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint is a more powerful and feature-rich search option. It offers advanced search capabilities, such as entity extraction and linguistics, which can improve search accuracy and relevance. With FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint, you can also create custom search UI and customize item processing to meet your specific business needs.

When choosing between SharePoint Server Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint, consider factors such as the size of your organization, the complexity of your search requirements, and your budget. It’s also important to evaluate the licensing models associated with each option to ensure they align with your organization’s needs and resources.

Search Option Capabilities Licensing Model
SharePoint Server Search Basic search functionality Included with SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010
FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Advanced search capabilities such as entity extraction and linguistics Separate licensing required

By carefully evaluating the options and understanding your organization’s needs, you can choose the right search option that will provide the best search experience for your SharePoint 2010 environment.

Step-by-Step Guide to Configuring Enterprise Search

Now that you have chosen the right search option, it’s time to dive into the configuration process. This step-by-step guide will walk you through setting up the search service application, creating the required accounts, configuring the search topology, and other important steps to ensure a well-configured Enterprise Search in SharePoint 2010.

Setting Up the Search Service Application

The first step in configuring Enterprise Search is to set up the search service application. This application is responsible for handling all search-related tasks within SharePoint 2010. To do this, navigate to the Central Administration site and click on “Application Management.” From there, select “Manage service applications” and then “New” to create a new search service application. Follow the wizard to configure the necessary settings, such as the search database and administration component.

Creating the Required Accounts

Next, you’ll need to create the accounts required for Enterprise Search. These accounts will be used to run the various services and application pools associated with search functionality. It’s important to assign the correct permissions to these accounts to ensure smooth operation. Create a dedicated service account for the search service application and grant it the necessary access rights. Additionally, create a separate account for the search crawl component, which will be responsible for indexing content.

Configuring the Search Topology

Once the search service application and accounts are set up, you can proceed to configure the search topology. The search topology determines how the search service components are distributed and connected in your SharePoint environment. This includes defining the number and role of search components, such as indexers, query processors, and content processors. Consider the size and complexity of your environment when configuring the search topology to ensure optimal performance.

By following these steps, you can create a well-configured Enterprise Search in SharePoint 2010. Remember to regularly review and fine-tune your configuration to maintain optimal search functionality. Keep in mind that the “Getting Started with Enterprise Search in SharePoint 2010 Products” guide provides further detailed instructions to assist you throughout the configuration process.