In this article we can explore Content Sources and how to add a new Content Source.
Source represents the origin of content. As SharePoint handles various
contents like Database, File System etc. there should be a Indexing
Service to handle all these sources.
Please have a note that SQL Server is having Full Text Search index, but SharePoint has its own Indexing engines.
By default SharePoint searches in the site collection and document libraries.
Using Custom Content Source configuration we can make SharePoint search the possible areas:
· File System Drives
· Network Drives
· Lotus Notes Data
· Web Sites
Adding new Content Source
this example we are trying to add a File System content source. After
adding, the user will be able to search on the files and contents inside
Following are the steps involved:
1. Create a Share Folder named Contents
with a Text File inside it and make Read/Write permissions to Everyone
Ensure that the above folder contains a text file with data for eg: MyTodo
2. Open the Central Administration
web site and click on Manage Service Applications
3. Click on Search Service Applications
from the appearing page
4. Click the Content Sources
link from the left pane
5. Click on the New Content Source
link from the appearing page
6. Enter the following details in the Content Source page
Click the OK button and the Crawler will be performing a crawl.
7. Go back to the main site and enter the keyword to search for (MyToDo). You can view the following results.
This concludes our article on adding Content Source and doing a sample search.
Viewing Crawl History
can always view the crawl log to check the activity was successful and
view the errors if not. Use the View Crawl Log command to view this. Starting Crawls
can start / stop / pause crawls manually by using the command bar as
shown below. Please note that only after a full crawl the data will be
In this article we have explored how to add a content source inside SharePoint site.