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MOSS Explained: An Information Worker’s Deep Dive into Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 by John Ross, Nicola Young

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Search Architecture 101

Depending on the size of your implementation, SharePoint has been designed to scale from the single server deployments to the massive multi-server farm. The topic of search architecture is normally reserved for administrators, but the basics are important for all users to understand. Search architecture lays the foundation so that even if you aren’t an administrator, you can learn how to maximize the potential of the search capabilities.

The topic of setting up an architecture to support enterprise searching can get very in depth, but at its simplest level, it can be broken down into a few components: the index role, query role, and Shared Services Provider (SSP).

Technically, the database server is also a key component ...

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