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I was able to implement this cross site collection list view webpart (link below). But know i'm currently modifying it so that i can pull from multiple lists. although, this is turning out to be more difficult than i thought. If you have any good resources that do not include a third party software, I'd appreciate it. thanks.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ramg/archive/2009/04/21/implementing-a-simple-cross-site-collection-list-view-webpart.aspx

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You could always try using Search to meet this requirement.This will depend on you being able to create a fixed query which returns only the results you require and the results will not be 'real-time' but instead dependent upon the frequency of your crawl. I wrote a post about this a while ago if it helps.

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this is the the way to go, cross site and cross list really compete with each others in their primary intent. Another option is to write code that uses a cross site query for each of the sites that returned in your web part and combining these results. Although this would be pretty ineffecient as opposed to search. –  Brian Brinley Feb 1 '11 at 16:31
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If you are looking for third party solutions which you can buy, check the link below: http://www.lightningtools.com/pages/lightning-conductor-web-part.aspx

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thanks but i'm looking for a solution i can implement without a third party tool. –  MG Nov 8 '10 at 12:26
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