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Inside the Index and Search Engines: Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 by Lars Fastrup, Patrick Tissegham

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Protocol Handlers

Protocol handlers are used by the index engine to enumerate and download content from different types of content repositories in a uniform manner. The name protocol handler stems from the scheme part of a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI), which is also referred to as the protocol. Some examples of different protocols are HTTP, HTTPS, and file. A protocol handler is specifically responsible for the following tasks:

  • Connecting to content repositories. Each protocol handler must specify and implement the method by which it connects to and communicates with content repositories. Possible connection methods include but are not limited to Web, file systems, Web services, databases, and I/O ports.

  • Authenticating itself with content repositories ...

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