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  • Question

  • Our company have purchased FSIS and FSIA, and want to use FSIA to crawl our SharePoint 2010 portals. Is this possible? If yes, is FSIA capable of handling the content type metadata and security stuffs?

    And what's the difference between FAST Search for SharePoint 2010 and FAST Search for Internal Application?

    Thanks.

    Saturday, September 25, 2010 2:08 AM

Answers

  • Hello,


    We engaged our Product Marketing Group for some clarification in regards to the upgrade guidance we should be communicating to our customers, and hope you find the following information helpful.  FAST customers who are current on ESP 5.3 Maintenance & Support (M&S) can upgrade to FSIS and/or FSIA product (s).   Brief product description is provided below:

     

    Microsoft® FAST™ Search 2010 for Internal Applications (FSIA):
    FAST Search 2010 for Internal Applications is a new offering based on the ESP technology acquired from FAST.  It is for organizations looking for specialized enterprise search features on a stand-alone, cross-platform solution. FAST Search 2010 for Internal Applications is sold on a Server/CAL basis and is available for Windows, Unix, and Linux.

     

    Microsoft® FAST™ Search Server 2010 for Internet Sites (FSIS):
    FAST Search 2010 for Internet Sites is a new offering based on the ESP technology acquired from FAST.  It is for customers with online businesses looking to generate revenue by creating intuitive search-driven user experiences at high scale and enable diverse revenue-generating business models.  FAST Search 2010 for Internet Sites targets customers requiring aggregation of diverse, complex content sources (including web content and content from non-SharePoint sources), customization of content, query and results processing, and a flexible, scalable search platform which can be easily tuned to their business model.  FAST Search 2010 for Internet Sites is sold on a server basis and is available for Windows, Unix, and Linux.

     

    FAST customers who were current on FAST Maintenance & Support (M&S) as of Aug 2, 2010 and owned a qualifying product have been issued license grants to these new products. Customers have the option to exchange (on or before Dec 31, 2010)  the license grants specified in the offer, for FAST search products integrated with SharePoint. If you are SharePoint-committed, this option may be especially attractive.  To learn more about FAST License Grants Program, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/pathways/fast/FAST%20License%20Grants.htm or contact your FAST Account Manager.

     

    Regards,

    Scott Oseychik

    Senior Escalation Engineer | Microsoft SharePoint Support | FAST Search Escalation Services

     

    Monday, November 15, 2010 6:17 PM

All replies

  • There is a SharePoint connector available for FSIS/FSIA which can be used against both SharePoint 2007 and 2010 (the name of the connector is sharepoint_connector.1.0.sp2.win32).

    Security is handled via the SAM module, and you can configure which metadata you want to use. It will dump a log file with all found properties, and then you can configure them and crawl over again. Much like you would in a SharePoint crawl.

    The main difference from a customer view on FS4SP and FSIA/FSIS is that FS4SP uses SharePoint API's for crawling and searching, as FSIA/FSIS uses API's directly against FAST.

    In a way FS4SP is a blackbox version wrapped in SharePoint, but it's the same engine running within.

    Regards,


    Search Enthusiast - MCTS SharePoint/WCF4/ASP.Net4
    http://techmikael.blogspot.com/ - http://www.comperio.no/
    Saturday, September 25, 2010 5:59 PM
  • Thanks for your reply.

    Do you have any document about SharePoint_Connector.1.0.SP2?

    Friday, October 1, 2010 1:35 AM
  • I have the connector docs. Anything in particular you are interested in knowing?

    Feature list:

    The FAST SharePoint connector provides the following features:

    • Extracts metadata and content from SharePoint, and feeds it to ESP for indexing.

    • Supports incremental indexing by reading the SharePoint change log.

    • Reads Access Control List (ACL) information from SharePoint that can be indexed with the documents

    and used to preserve the access control that exists in the source system. User and group extraction is

    supported by the ESP Security Access Module (SAM) and SharePoint group extraction is supported by

    the SharePoint user directory connector.

    • Supports use of a different LDAP server than AD.

    • Provides a range of include/exclude filters.You can configure the connector to include/exclude SharePoint

    webs/lists.You can include/exclude lists according to the list title, list type etc.

    • SharePoint datatypes of fields are kept all the way to the search engine to improve search capabilities,

    for example navigators and range search.

    • Easy indexing of all possible fields of all items with the use of scope fields.

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    Introducing the FAST SharePoint connector

    • Supports inherited properties. Items will include list and parent webs' metadata with item metadata. List

    metadata will prefix with list and web metadata will prefix with web. With inherited properties, you can

    fine tune their searches to return all the items that belong to a certain list or web.

    • Provides high freshness in index and low load on SharePoint server by reading changes from the SharePoint

    change log.

    • Supports the export of SharePoint content to FastXML files, which can be inspected for debugging purposes

    and also fed to ESP by the File Traverser.

    • Comes with an installation wizard and you can install the connector on any machine provided that you

    can connect to SharePoint and ESP from that machine.

    • Supports NTLM and Kerberos authentication.

    • Supports error recovery and checkpointing. Content with errors is resubmitted, if applicable, and the

    connector will continue from where it was if it was stopped.

    • The connector state information can be stored in both SQL Server and Oracle database systems.

    • Supports mapping of dates and other data types to ESP.

    The SharePoint connector has following known limitations.

    • If the number of items in a given list is a multiple of 2000, the connector will not be able to get the last

    2000 items from the particular list.You will not be able to search for items in ESP. This also applies to

    items inside list folders. This is due to limitations in the built-in SharePoint SiteData web service. This

    behavior has been communicated to SharePoint developers.

    • The connector will not be able to handle changes to the inherited attributes in incremental mode. Ideally,

    if any list or web attributes were changed, the connector should update all the related list items in the

    index. This will be handled in a future release of the connector.

    • In order to reflect the security changes of a user deletion of a site collection level, site level or list level,

    the effected sites and lists will be re-crawled. Therefore please note that such operations are inevitably

    expensive in terms of CPU resources and time.

    • From a site collection list which is provided in the parameter IncludeWebUrls, if a site collections is deleted

    from SharePoint server, the connector is unable to detect it. In such a situation, clean the collection and

    do a recrawl.

    • When handling SharePoint search visibility settings, the connector will treat search visibility settings at

    webs and lists level independent of each other. In other words, even if search visibility of a particular site

    has been set to false, the connector will still index the lists of the web if the search visibility settings have

    been set to true in these lists. Ideally, the connector should not index these lists. This behavior will be

    changed in a future update.

     

    Regards,


    Search Enthusiast - MCTS SharePoint/WCF4/ASP.Net4
    http://techmikael.blogspot.com/ - http://www.comperio.no/
    Wednesday, October 6, 2010 7:47 PM
  • Hello,


    We engaged our Product Marketing Group for some clarification in regards to the upgrade guidance we should be communicating to our customers, and hope you find the following information helpful.  FAST customers who are current on ESP 5.3 Maintenance & Support (M&S) can upgrade to FSIS and/or FSIA product (s).   Brief product description is provided below:

     

    Microsoft® FAST™ Search 2010 for Internal Applications (FSIA):
    FAST Search 2010 for Internal Applications is a new offering based on the ESP technology acquired from FAST.  It is for organizations looking for specialized enterprise search features on a stand-alone, cross-platform solution. FAST Search 2010 for Internal Applications is sold on a Server/CAL basis and is available for Windows, Unix, and Linux.

     

    Microsoft® FAST™ Search Server 2010 for Internet Sites (FSIS):
    FAST Search 2010 for Internet Sites is a new offering based on the ESP technology acquired from FAST.  It is for customers with online businesses looking to generate revenue by creating intuitive search-driven user experiences at high scale and enable diverse revenue-generating business models.  FAST Search 2010 for Internet Sites targets customers requiring aggregation of diverse, complex content sources (including web content and content from non-SharePoint sources), customization of content, query and results processing, and a flexible, scalable search platform which can be easily tuned to their business model.  FAST Search 2010 for Internet Sites is sold on a server basis and is available for Windows, Unix, and Linux.

     

    FAST customers who were current on FAST Maintenance & Support (M&S) as of Aug 2, 2010 and owned a qualifying product have been issued license grants to these new products. Customers have the option to exchange (on or before Dec 31, 2010)  the license grants specified in the offer, for FAST search products integrated with SharePoint. If you are SharePoint-committed, this option may be especially attractive.  To learn more about FAST License Grants Program, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/pathways/fast/FAST%20License%20Grants.htm or contact your FAST Account Manager.

     

    Regards,

    Scott Oseychik

    Senior Escalation Engineer | Microsoft SharePoint Support | FAST Search Escalation Services

     

    Monday, November 15, 2010 6:17 PM