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Lectori Salutem,

I am looking for detailed information about SharePoint Foundation 2010 Search. A simple Google or Bing search does not provide me with sufficient / reliable information.

Can anyone please point me to information sources so I can look-up the following question:

  • Does SharePoint Foundation 2010 Search crawl the content of files? In other words, is it possible to search for the content of PDF, doc, txt files?

Thank you in advance.

After a very long while of searching, I managed to find some useful information contained in the following links:

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On a related note, you can install Microsoft Search Server Express on top of SharePoint Foundation and get an improved search experience while using SharePoint Foundation. – James Grizzle Feb 18 '13 at 14:29
@JamesGrizzle: Is Microsoft Search Server Express a free product? Will it conflict with my currently installed SharePoint installation or should I install it on a separate server? – TempaC Feb 18 '13 at 14:43
Yes Search Server Express is a free product. You will find sources that say you cannot install them together. I think otherwise and suggest trying this on a dev environment. The instructions for the iFilter seem incomplete to me on that previous link. See here for the rest of the instructions (if they are applicable, I'm honestly not sure which iFilter steps are applicable in Search Server Express)… – James Grizzle Feb 18 '13 at 15:12
@JamesGrizzle: Thank you for your suggestions. I'm going to test Search Server Express on a SharePoint 2010 Foundation virtual Machine. Seems to be very promising. – TempaC Feb 18 '13 at 15:45
up vote 2 down vote accepted

A good introductory video for search (SP Foundation) can be seen here.

For your specific queries, SP does index the contents of any file that it has an iFilter installed for. Adobe is a slightly different case, so these links should also assist.


MS KB article on stalling Adobe PDF iFIlter:

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Thank you for your reply Steven. The video you posted is for SharePoint Server. I'm looking for information regarding SharePoint Foundation. – TempaC Feb 18 '13 at 10:12
Nothing about it in the Foundation section ( The iFilter links will still be relevant for your query though; I'd suggest browsing them too. – Steven D Andrews Feb 18 '13 at 10:16

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