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Special Edition Using Microsoft® SharePoint Portal Server by Robert Ferguson

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The Crawling Process

SharePoint Portal Server crawls or reads through content to create an index of the content. In this way, searches for content requested by the portal's end-user community yield results outside of the content physically residing on the portal. The crawling process includes or touches upon the following SharePoint Portal Server resources or capabilities:

  • Content sources

  • Crawling

  • Building an index

  • Searching

Each of these is covered in greater detail in the following sections. As you read through these next few sections, keep in mind the goal of crawling—to facilitate searching.

Content and Content Sources

Content is the phenomenal collection of data that organizations struggle to manage and publish. Microsoft has developed a number ...

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