We have two websites 1)Internal and 2)External. The external website is extended from the internal website. I can see the search results when I search on the internal site, but I am getting 0 results on the external site.

Are there any configuration settings needed to see the search results for my external site?

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Do the content sources in your search service match the URL in your alternate access mappings? If not, set up a content source that matches the alternate access mapping and do a full crawl. While you're in the search service, you may want to check to see if it is reporting any errors.

Also check the event viewer on the server and the ULS logs (in the "14 hive") to see if anything stands out (e.g. permission issues).

This TechNet article explains how to set the content sources.


On your Internal server, you should see some error messages in the Crawl log for that content source. You may want to setup a separate content source for the External server on the Internal Search Administration site. Then you can fire off Full Crawls and review the Crawl logs quickly.

You will need to grant Read access on the External site (http://your_site/_admin/policy.aspx) to the Search service account you are using on your internal site. Does the AAM/Content Source address you are using have NTLM enabled? If you are calling a Zone on the External server that is dedicated to Anonymous you may need to use a different address that does have NTLM.


Had the same issue and it drove me nuts.. finally got it working.

Trick is to create a new search center page and also modify your search scopes :)

Blogged it today here http://wellytonian.com/2012/04/search-setup-for-anonymous-site-on-sharepoint-2010/

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