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Professional Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint® 2010 by Brad Stevenson, Scot P. Hillier

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9

Working with Enterprise Search

WHAT’S IN THIS CHAPTER?

  • Understand Search Architecture
  • Learn to enable BCS search support
  • Learn to create connectors for search
  • Learn to trim search results

Business Connectivity Services and Enterprise Search are intimately related in SharePoint 2010. External Systems may be crawled and searched through BCS by defining just a couple of simple properties in the BDC Metadata Model. Similarly, BCS connectors have replaced the Protocol Handler (used in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007) as the primary mechanism by which the search indexing engine accesses system data. All of this means that you should think of BCS as a part of the search architecture in SharePoint 2010. This chapter covers the search architecture and BCS components in detail so that you can create solutions with powerful capabilities to search for data in External Systems.

UNDERSTANDING SEARCH OFFERINGS

When it comes to Enterprise Search, the number of choices offered under the SharePoint 2010 umbrella can easily confuse you. The offerings include Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 Search, Microsoft Search Server Express, Microsoft Search Server 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. Each of these options is intended for use in different situations, provides different levels of functionality, and has different licensing requirements.

Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 Search is the search engine that ships with SharePoint Foundation ...

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