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SharePoint Server 2007 Search Federation

Posted by workerthread on June 23, 2008

Arpan Shah has a post about availability of Federated Search for SharePoint 2007.  Right now federated search is only available for Search Server 2008/Express – what this does is allow you to pass queries to other search engines (Live Search, Wikipedia etc) and get the results back alongside your crawled and indexed SharePoint searches.  This feature can be very useful, particularly as you can create your own Federated Search connectors.

Arpan says the federation features will be publicly available for SharePoint 2007 as a “rollup” in early July.  His post also includes a link to a good PowerPoint presentation on Search Server 2008 which you can download here.  In the presentation there is a link to the Search Community Toolkit on CodePlex.  There’s some useful stuff here as well, including some ASP.Net Search controls which you can use to connect to the search web service on SharePoint Server 2007.

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