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I want to add an Advance Search Page to my live site collection inside sharepoint 2013.but on our live web application , i did not create an Enterprise Search Center site collection. so i did the following steps:-

  1. Inside our test sharepoint, i added a new site collection of type "Enterprise Search Center".
  2. I navigate to "Site content">>"Pages">>"Advance.aspx".
  3. edit the "Advance.aspx" page , export the related web part.save it my PC.
  4. then on live sharepoint environment. i uploaded the exported web part from "Site setting2>>"Web Parts".
  5. after that i modify the home page for our live site collection.
  6. add the uploaded web part.
  7. so now i got the advance search web part inside my live site collection, without the need to create the Enterprise Search Center site collection.as follow:-

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  1. now by default the advance search web part on live will redirect to results.aspx which does not exists on live site collection.
  2. so on the live web part, i edit the web part change the Result URL from results.aspx to osssearchresults.aspx.as follow

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  1. i did a test and seems everything is working well.

but i am not sure if the above steps are valid ? i mean i am using the Advance Search capabilities on live , without creating a dedicated Enterprise Search Center site collection?? Thanks

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    I can't think of any reason as to why it wouldn't work. You don't need the search centre. – Bunzab Dec 1 '16 at 19:51
  • @Bunzab thanks for the reply... so you mean i can use this web part inside my live site collection even if i do not create a dedicated enterprise search center site collection + i can modify the Results URL ?? i also found my steps valid,, but i was afraid of behind the senses issues?? – john Gu Dec 2 '16 at 0:03
  • Yes. The search center just gives you the convenience of having all web parts pre-rolled into pages. It does have a benefit of being independent of the rest of the platform and can scale. If none of that impacts you then you're fine. – Bunzab Dec 2 '16 at 10:29

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