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Is it possible to have SharePoint index documents already existing in a local disk in order to display them in search results? That is, without having to "upload" them to the Documents repository in SharePoint itself. Thank you, any help is appreciated.

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And to follow up on what PirateEric said, here's some handy-dandy instructions:

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Set a content source in search administration in central admin to point to a file share. Make sure the search account has access to the file share and the content should get indexed.

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