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Search Problems in SPS 2003

  Asked By: Siddhi    Date: Aug 11    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1112

I am having trouble getting the search feature at the site level to work. Is
there some setting that needs to be enabled for this to work? This is for a
meduim server farm that has SQL Server 2000 database server setup with an index
server and a front end web server. At one point I had selected the option for
full-text search to see if this was the problem but wasn't sure if this had been
done previously.

Also, what would cause an external content source which was working in portal
level searches to all of a sudden stop working. I tried deleting this content
source and re-adding it thinking that some how indexing had stopped working.
This did not fix the problem so now I am stumped and was hoping someone might be
able to offer some suggestions. Does adding a search scope for all sites on the
portal interfere at all with having other content sources?



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Quentin Cummings     Answered On: Aug 11

Search at the site level uses WSS search, which is based on SQL Full-text
indexing. Here's the section from the administrator's guide about setting this

Enabling Search
You must enable search  before your site members can use it. If you want to
enable SQL Server 2000 searching, you must install the full-text searching
feature for SQL Server 2000 and then enable search in Windows SharePoint
Services. Enabling Search for SQL Server 2000
To use search with Windows SharePoint Services and SQL Server 2000, you must
have full-text searching installed on your SQL Server computer. Full-text
searching is usually installed by default, but if it is not installed on your
server, you can install it easily with the SQL Server Setup tools.
Install full-text searching with SQL Server 2000
Note You must be a member of the Administrators group on the computer running
SQL Server to install full-text searching with SQL Server 2000.

On your SQL Server computer, run the SQL Server 2000 Setup program.
On the setup screen, click SQL Server 2000 Components, and then click Install
Database Server.
The Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Installation Wizard opens.

On the Welcome screen, click Next.
On the Computer Name screen, select the computer type, and then click Next.
On the Installation Selection panel, select Upgrade, remove, or add
components to an existing instance of SQL Server, and then click Next.
On the Instance Name panel, clear the Default check box, and then in the
Instance Name box, select your SQL Server instance for Windows SharePoint
Services and click Next.
Select Add components to your existing installation, and then click Next.
On the Select Components panel, in the Sub-Components list, select Full-Text
Search, and then click Next.
Click Next again to begin the installation.
Click Finish.
Enabling Search in Windows SharePoint Services
After you have configured SQL Server 2000 to support full-text searching, you
are ready to enable search for Windows SharePoint Services.
Enable search for Windows SharePoint Services
On your server computer running Windows SharePoint Services, click Start,
point to All Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click SharePoint
Central Administration.
Under Component Configuration, click Configure full-text search.
In the Search Settings section, select the Enable full-text search and index
component check box.
Click OK.

As for the problems  with the external content source, have you re-run a full
index, and checked the logs for errors?

Answer #2    Answered By: Bhoomi Chabaria     Answered On: Aug 11

1. When the site was created, was it made searchable?

2. Also make sure that your sharepoint search  service is working.

3. Check whether the site is included in the content for the content

4. Try adding a link to the site again.

Adding a scope for all sites does not interfere with other content

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