Federated Search Connectors for Microsoft Enterprise Search environment

Federated Search Connectors allow a search solution based on any Microsoft Enterprise Search product like Microsoft Search Server 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft FAST Search for SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Search Server 2008, or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, to pass a query to a target system and accept and display results from that system.

Federated Search Connectors are being made available for download by Microsoft for:

  • News: Business Week, Google News, Live.com News, The Register, Yahoo! News
  • Media: Flickr, Yahoo! Images, YouTube
  • Blogs: Google Blog Search
  • Information Resources: Encyclopedia Britannica, MSDN, TechNet, Wikipedia, Yahoo!

To use one of the connectors with SharePoint Server 2010, FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint, Search Server 2010, or Search Server 2010 Express, do the following:

1. Download the federated location definition (.FLD) file. To do this, right-click the link for the connector, and then click Save Target As.
2. Import the file into the search solution by doing the following:

  • In Central Administration, click Manage service applications, and then click either the name of the Search service application (when you use SharePoint Server 2010, Search Server 2010, or Search Server 2010 Express) or the name of your FAST Search Query Search Service Application (when you use FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint) where you want to add the federated location.
  • On the Search Administration page, click Federated Locations, and then click Import Location.
  • On the Import Federated Location page, browse to the .FLD file that you saved in step 1, select the file, and then click Open.
  • Click OK, and then click Done.

3. Connect the federated location to an end-user results page by doing the following:

  • On a results page in the Search Center, on the Site Actions menu, click Edit Page.
  • Click the zone where you want to add the Web Part, and then add the Federated Results Web Part, Top Federated Results Web Part, or Core Results Web Part to the page.
  • Right-click the Web Part, and then click Properties.
  • In the Web Part Properties panel, expand Location Properties, on the Location drop-down list, select the location that you imported, and then click OK.
  • On the ribbon, click Stop Editing.

Visit the Federated Search Connector Gallery to download the connectors.

Federated Search Connectors for Bing News, Bing Local Search, Bing Image Search, Bing Search and Yahoo Search have also just been made available for download.

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