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I am using SharePoint Server 2007 Enterprise with Windows Server 2008 Enterprise.

I am new and learning Shared Service Provider (SSP), which is a new concept in SharePoint Server 2007. I am creating publishing portal template web applications.

I want to know what is the relationship between Search service (the search box on the top right corner of default.aspx of a publishing portal template web site) and SSP? Search service itself is a SSP? Or Search service is a part of SSP? Or some other relationships?

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I thought this was answered yesterday.

Here are two additional links from a web search:

While Shane's post look pretty close to what I said, there is a bit more detail to it. The simple answer is that your publishing site calls a query tool that is provided data gathered in the index maintained by the SSP.

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Can I understand relationship between SSP and search like this -- SSP is a set of shared service, and one of such shared service is search. All of such shared service (i.e. SSP) are hosted on one web application? –  George2 Jan 7 '10 at 17:11

The Search Service in MOSS is part of the Shared Services Provider. SSP is a set of services that can be shared across multiple farms. So when you associate a web application with an SSP, that web application will use that ssp for search, user profiles, my sites, excel services, bdc, audiences, etc.

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Can I understand relationship between SSP and search like this -- SSP is a set of shared service, and one of such shared service is search. All of such shared service (i.e. SSP) are hosted on one web application? –  George2 Jan 7 '10 at 17:11
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Yes but I wouldn't really say that the SSP is hosted on one web application, I would say the website for administrating the SSP is hosted on a web application. –  Steve Lineberry Jan 7 '10 at 19:58

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