How to Crawl another SharePoint site content?

In this article I would take you through Crawling another SharePoint site content.  The second SharePoint site can be a 2010 or 2013 version.

When we require this?

We require this once we have distributed systems & Users required a unified location to search for all SharePoint content.

Steps

Please follow the steps below.  I am going to bring a SharePoint 2010 content into SharePoint 2013 system.

Step 1: Open Central Administration

Open your SharePoint 2013 Central Administration.  Choose Manage Service Applications > Search Service Application.

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Step 2: Create Content Source

Click on the Content Sources link.

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Choose the New Content Source link.

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Enter the information for your new content source:

  • Name
  • Type
  • Address

After entering the details Save changes.

Step 3: Crawl

Choose the Start Full Crawl option.

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Wait for the crawl to be completed.  Usually it takes 10 minutes for 100 GB data.  You can check the status of crawl periodically.

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Step 4: Set Authentication

You might receive Crawl Errors if there is an Authentication Problem.

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We need to create a Crawl Rule to specify credentials.  Click on the Crawl Rules link & Create a new Crawl Rule like below.

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You need to specify a valid content crawling account & password.  If your site is Anonyumous, choose Anonymous access option.

After saving changes, start full crawl again.

Step 5: Test

Now you can search from your SharePoint 2013 system.  Try to use a SharePoint 2010 content title.

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Note

As SharePoint can understand the Metadata of the underling system, we can configure Managed Properties & Search Refiners on the crawled content.

Summary

In this article we have explored how to configure a content source to existing SharePoint system.  I hope this scenario would be useful in real-world scenarios.

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