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Friday, February 18, 2011

Federated Search Connector Gallery for Enterprise Search

Federated search connectors enable the Microsoft enterprise search solution to pass a query to a target system and display results returned from that system. Federated search connectors work for all Microsoft enterprise search products.

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Instructions:

For 2010 products

To use one of the connectors with SharePoint Server 2010, FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint, Search Server 2010, or Search Server 2010 Express, do the following:
  1. Download the Open Search Description (.OSDX) file. You can download a connector from the Available Connectors list.
  2. Import the file into the search solution by doing the following:
    • In Central Administration, click Manage service applications, and then click either the name of the Search service application (when you use SharePoint Server 2010, Search Server 2010, or Search Server 2010 Express) or the name of your FAST Search Query Search Service Application (when you use FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint) where you want to add the federated location.
    • On the Search Administration page, click Federated Locations, and then click Import Location.
    • On the Import Federated Location page, browse to the .OSDX file that you saved in step 1, select the file, and then click Open.
    • Click OK, and then click Done.
  3. Connect the federated location to an end-user results page by doing the following:
    • On a results page in the Search Center, on the Site Actions menu, click Edit Page.
    • Click the zone where you want to add the Web Part, and then add the Federated Results Web Part, Top Federated Results Web Part, or Core Results Web Part to the page.
    • Right-click the Web Part, and then click Properties.
    • In the Web Part Properties panel, expand Location Properties, on the Location drop-down list, select the location that you imported, and then click OK.
    • On the ribbon, click Stop Editing.

For 2007 and 2008 products

To use one of the connectors with SharePoint Server 2007 with Service Pack 2 (SP2), Search Server 2008, or Search Server 2008 Express, do the following:
  1. Download the federated location definition (.FLD) file. You can download a connector from the Available Connectors list.
  2. Import the file into the search solution by doing the following:
    • In Central Administration, in the Quick Launch, click Shared Services Administration, and then click the Shared Services Provider (SSP) where you want to add the federated location.
    • On the Search Administration page for the SSP you selected, click Federated Locations, and then click Import Location.
    • On the Import Federated Location page, browse to the .FLD file that you saved in step 1, select the file, and then click Open.
    • Click OK, and then click Done.
  3. Connect the federated location to an end-user results page by doing the following:
    • On a results page in the Search Center, on the Site Actions menu, click Edit Page.
    • Click the zone where you want to add the Web Part, and then add the Federated Results Web Part or Top Federated Results Web Part to the page.
    • In the Web Part that you selected, click edit, and then click Modify Shared Web Part.
    • In the Web Part properties panel, expand Location Properties, on the Location drop-down list, select the location that you imported, and then click OK.
    • Under the Site Actions menu, click Exit Edit Mode.

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