"FAST Search Query" Content Source vs. "FAST Content SSA" Content Source RRS feed

  • Question

  • What is the difference between a Content Source added under Central Admin -> FAST Content SSA and one added under Central Admin -> FAST Search Query?

    I added one under FAST Search Query and crawled it but the results were not included in any searches.

    Then I added it under FAST Content SSA and crawled it and then it included them.

    What's the purpose of the Content Sources under FAST Search Query?


    Tuesday, July 26, 2011 8:55 PM

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  • Hi


    FAST Query SSA provides the SPS3://yoursite crawler for SharePoint People Search and serves results from FAST. Do not crawl the sharepoint sites, if you do they are being added to the SharePoint search db, and since the results are coming from fast, you don't see any.


    FAST Content SSA is for crawling and indexing into the database only. The FAST Search centre you set up will use the FAST Query to provide people search from SharePoint and results from the FAST Content SSA. Its a bit confusing but its because MS opted to leave the People Search to SharePoint as its already doing a good job.

    See http://searchunleashed.wordpress.com/

    Hope that helps...


    • Proposed as answer by Rob Va - MSFT Wednesday, July 27, 2011 9:01 PM
    Wednesday, July 27, 2011 4:32 AM

    • The FAST Query SSA has two main responsibilities: 1) serve all querying (against both FAST Search and SharePoint Search), and 2) crawling people content. This SSA will route people queries to SharePoint Search, and all other queries to the FAST Search query service. The queries are routed based on default search provider, a property on the SSA, or by explicitly setting a provider on each query request. Note that the FAST Search query service location is one of several FAST specific properties on the SSA.
    • The FAST Content SSA (aka Connector SSA) is responsible for crawling and feeding content to the FAST backend. It will be configured (in Central Admin) with all content sources, except the people content source which must be setup on the FAST Query SSA. The content SSA will know where to feed crawled documents through the extended connector properties (like where the FAST content distributor is).


    Sunday, April 1, 2012 11:54 AM