Kartic's Musings on Corporate Information and Knowledge Management

November 7, 2007

Search Server 2008 Express

Filed under: SharePoint — Tags: , , — kartickapur @ 12:40 am

Microsoft has just released its free product – Search Server 2008 Express for Enterprise search. It is a search product in itself which combines all the desirable feature of MOSS enterprise search along with added configuration features, data Connector and Unified Administration Dashboard functionality.

 Search Centre 

Search centre provides the similar functionality as MOSS 2007 of :

  1. Term Definition
  2. Best Bets
  3. Hit Highlighting
  4. Alternative common search items when search word is misspelled
  5. Alerts via RSS or email when new search results which meet your criteria are found

 search-centre-results.jpg Configuration 

A new Search Administration Dashboard provides a wide range of functionality from the dashboard. The Dashboard highlights most common search task, status and settings. Out of the Box search centre indexes File Shares, Web Site and Exchange Public Folders straight away using feature called content source under crawling.

 

You can configure key relevancy settings like authoritative pages, search scopes, keywords and synonyms.

 

Search Server supports many security features and authentication mechanisms. Helps secure access to critical business information and Services using NTLM, Kerberos, Form based or Cookie based authentication.

 

search-admin-dashboard.jpg

 

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 No Limit 

The best feature incorporated is the no pre set limit on number of documents you can index. Search index allows you to scale your search centre infrastructure to meet your changing needs.

 Federated Search Connectors 

You can now index and search other key business systems at the same place. Connectors can be added that allow search server express to also index information stored in Lotus Notes, EMC Documentum, IBM filenet and other Repositories.

 Reporting 

Similar to MOSS search, Search server provides:

 

  1. Graphical display of queries over a time period
  2. Most common search items
  3. Queries with no results
  4. Top Destination pages
  5. Query volume
  6. Click through rates
  7. Most Clicked best bets

Exporting to excel

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