BI Indexing Connector RRS feed

  • Question

  • Can anyone give me how to index reports with BI Indexing Connector?

    Under the Central Administration, there are five options to select to add new content source which are; Sharepoint sites, Web sites, Exchange Public Folders, Line of Business Data and Custom Repository.

    Similarly, any tip for people indexing will be helpful.

    Thanks in advance.

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011 1:47 PM

All replies

  • The BI connector is an IFilter and not a separate connector. You install the filter on the FS4SP server, and use your regular crawlers to pick up the documents it supports.

    As for People Search this is done via the integrated SharePoint Search, not via FAST. So you need to add people search to the FAST Query SSA for the internal SP search. Corey Roth has a post on setting up people search here.

    Mikael Svenson

    Search Enthusiast - MCTS SharePoint/WCF4/ASP.Net4 -
    Wednesday, January 19, 2011 3:32 PM
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    A small correction to the previous post: The BI indexing connector uses the FAST Search for SharePoint indexing framework. There is no need to create another SSA.

    The package consists of a crawling back-end, which is built on the BCS framework (Business Intelligence Indexing Connector). It also includes a separate query front-end.

    Thursday, January 20, 2011 8:50 AM
  • My IFilter comment relates to the system diagram for the connector and also documentation on where it adds support for xlsx, xlsm and rdl files. I understand that this filter then communicates with a backend component.

    But as for crawling, I assume you would just keep your regular SharePoint crawl, and it would pick up the BI files. No need to set up a new Content Source. Or is it running as a separate crawler outside of SharePoint?

    Installing the front-end would give you the UI experience for the new data.

    If I'm mistaken, please correct me, as the documentation is now always easy to follow :)

    Mikael Svenson 

    Search Enthusiast - MCTS SharePoint/WCF4/ASP.Net4 -
    Thursday, January 20, 2011 9:27 AM
  • Guys, thanks for your response, I managed to crawl with the BI Indexing Connector.

    As you said that, I just crawled the local sharepoint sites and under the reports tab I found the results.

    Let me ask you some simple questions;

    I don't have any experience with Sharepoint Search, I'm interested in FAST, after that, I'm doing some training with Sharepoint search.

    If I index any excel word rdl or such kinds of file, how I index these files is with sharepoint sites. These files are on some sharepoint sites and I can index these files with sharepoint sites.

    Is ıt any way to index this files without sharepoint sites? If yes, how?

    Please let you make me clear.

    Thanks in advance.


    Wednesday, January 26, 2011 12:49 PM
  • I haven´t tried it myself but I suspect any crawler can index the BI files as it´s the FAST pipeline which extracts the content. Try with the web crawler or file server crawler and see if it works.

    Mikael Svenson

    Search Enthusiast - MCTS SharePoint/WCF4/ASP.Net4 -
    Wednesday, January 26, 2011 6:32 PM
  • Another question related with BI Indexing Connector.

    How can we handle such kind of case with BI Indexing Connector;

    I want to index rdl files, but this rdl files can take parameters from another application to filter the results.

    Any idea how to handle this situation?

    Thanks in advance.

    Monday, February 7, 2011 1:13 PM
  • Addtional question, with BI Indexing Connector,

    I managed to index excel's content

    I managed to index rdl's metadata but I couldn't manage to index rdl's data. Let me make sure, with BI Indexing Connector, we can index the data of rdl?

    Thanks in advance.

    Monday, February 7, 2011 3:24 PM