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Does anybody know if it's possible to crawl the content of documents that are not in a document library?

Imagine a situation where a different document management tool is used to manage documents stored in some network shared folder and we want SharePoint to crawl the content of those documents.

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Yes, you can crawl file shares with SharePoint 2007. This is how you can configure crawling, then you should configure full crawl and incremental crawl schedule.

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In the Shared Service provider in Central Administration, create a new Content SOurce in the Search Settings. Point it at your file share and set a crawl schedule.

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