Install MOSS 2007 & WSS 3.0 on Windows Server 2008 R2 – you will need SP2 slipstream

Windows Server 2008 R2 RC is avaliable several days ago. You may ask questions: What if I want to install WSS/MOSS on Windows Server 2008 R2? Is that supported? The answer: WSS/MOSS RTM & SP1 is not supported on WS2008R2. But with SP2, it is supported. If you try to run the installer without SP2…

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Search Suggestions in IE8 with SharePoint/Search Server

IE8 Beta 2 has been there for a while. Although it is not supported to use together with SharePoint products yet (there’s no chance to support a beta product), you can still try it out. There’re couple of new features introduced like WebSlices, Accelerators and Search Suggestions. Search Suggestions! Isn’t it cool to make your…

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Index FTP content with SharePoint 2007/Search Server 2008

Question: Can SharePoint 2007/Search Server 2008 index and search ftp? Answer: OOTB you cannot. But we have a FTP protocol handler in SharePoint 2001 ResKit, and that one can be used on SharePoint 2007 or Search Server 2008. Important Notice: This approach is NOT supported by Microsoft. It is just for your test purpose only,…

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Search Community Toolkit on Codeplex

http://www.codeplex.com/sct Richard Riley (3x to your xbox racing wheel:)) announced the new Community Toolkit project on Codeplex, which gives you a list of opensource enhancement for Search Server 2008 and SharePoint 2007. http://blogs.msdn.com/enterprisesearch/archive/2008/03/12/search-community-toolkit.aspx Yes, Smart Search, Search as you type, Faceted Search, Search Admin… are all there. And there’re two new additions: Search Asp.net Server…

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Smart Search for SharePoint v1.2

Many many thanks to Shawn Feldman! Quote from him: "I was having a few issues getting smart search installed and granting it the right permissions to access the db (I’m running a multi account environment) so I put it in a feature, Gac’d it, and added SPSecurity.RunWithElevated for whenever it makes a database connection.  Here’s…

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Build Custom Federated Search Connector in Microsoft Search Server (and SharePoint) – Solve Problems and Extend Your Ideas

I assume the read of this article understand what is federated search. So we already know that in order to use Federated Search webpart in Search Server, you need to provide a RSS feed to it, which can also be called "OpenSearch" stuff. But, not every application you search will return this kind of RSS/ATOM…

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Real World Lotus Notes Index Result in SharePoint 2007

Crawled Notes data: 1240 Gbytes Crawled Notes Items: 2.7 Million SharePoint Index: 70 Gbytes SharePoint Search DB: 120 Gbytes Data vs Index = 124:7 = 18:1, which is a ratio of 6%. Index vs Search DB = 7: 12. Search DB is 160% of Index. In total, (Search DB+Index)/Data=16% Remember, this ratio varies in different…

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Next steps of SharePoint Search Enhancement, and…

I was collecting feedbacks from many people these days about the enhancement we did for SharePoint Search in China. Good feedback, bad feedback, that’s okay. I just put the whole list here: Search As You Type, SAYT: The live search feel for your SharePoint search box. TODO: Check if there’s any chance we can make…

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Dealing with custom content source in SharePoint Search

By default, SharePoint 2007 family (MOSS/MSS) supports the following content sources: Web sites, SharePoint Sites (WSS/SharePoint Server), Exchange Public Folders(through OWA), File Shares, Lotus Notes databases on Domino Server. Through BDC and user profiles/My sites, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 has two more content sources: databases and people profiles. Yes, we can use Protocol Handlers(It…

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