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SharePoint Foundations 2010 built-in search vs. Search Server Express 2010

  Date: Sep 15    Category: Sharepoint 2010    Views: 824

I am setting up a SFS 2010 Server and thought about installing SSE 2010 on top of SharePoint instead of using the built-in search. I am interested in the pros and cons of doing so in contrast to using the built-in SharePoint search, especially interested in the pros and cons of security trimming and configuration? In my scenario I will have one site collection with multiple sub-sites, each sub site would be divided with its own set of permissions, where group A should not see content crawled from group B's sub site and vice versa? Another potential consideration is that we may add crawls to other CMS technology later that is none SharePoint, but is stored in a MS SQL Database?



3 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered On: Sep 15    

You should definitely use Search Server Express 2010. The search engine is
the same as the one included in SPF 2010. The only difference is that
Search Server Express adds the management capabilities normally only
available in SharePoint Server. So will Search Server you will be able to
create custom Search scopes etc.

Answer #2    Answered On: Sep 15    

Agreed that it has much better features than SPF 2010 search.

Be mindful of the limitations of Search Server Express 2010 though:

1. Max 300,000 items with SQL Express

2. Max 10 million items with SQL Server

3. Scaled out to be only allowed on 1 server


Answer #3    Answered On: Sep 15    

Limits #1 & #2 apply to SPF also. They are inherent limits in SharePoint
Search in general. Limit #3 is imposed by Search Server express. But if
you need more than 1 search server I suspect your farm is too big to be
running Foundation anyway.