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I have a document library with versioning and metadata enabled. Our documents go through different "Phases", which we have added as a column/custom content type for metadata filtering.

What the client really had in mind was searching for a document, from the document center, like this

Ex. search query:

"Document Name Phase 3"

essentially searching through document history, for a specific document in a previous phase, using the Search Center

Is this possible out of the box?

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This is not possible. Only the last version is surfaced for the search crawler.

You could add a workflow that copied metadata to another list that tracked phases and you could make this searchable. If you need a direct link to the versioned document that get's messy. You would need to duplicate the document and keep them all as normal documents in another library - again Search would then pick this up and present them.

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