I have a shared drive on the network willing to expose to sharepoint so the users will be able to searcch its content from sharepoint.

  • What is your question? Do you experience a problem when indexing the share? Commented Jan 12, 2017 at 14:56

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You can add a new content source and specify to index a file share here (Search Service Application > Content Sources > New Content Source). Select File Share under Content Source Type

Make sure that your default content access account has access to that share/folders as well. Account to use for indexing

In case you want / need to provide a different account to crawl this share you can specify one within the Crawl Rules (Search Service Application > Crawl Rules)

Make sure that the permissions within the share and all of its (sub-)folders are correct since indexing a file share can make it much easier for people to find files that they normally don't have access to.

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If the user can access the SHARE and Folder C but not Folder A and Folder B he/she normally can't access files in Folder C without knowing the exact path. Once indexed in SharePoint it is an easy thing to find files from Folder C. (I hope that was somewhat understandable - English isn't my 1st language)

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  • thx it is perfectly fine ! I'll come back to you if I need anything else !! Great! Commented Jan 12, 2017 at 15:15
  • Hello back, Folder was not found error ?? Commented Jan 12, 2017 at 15:17
  • this is my folder could it be the space in the naming ? Commented Jan 12, 2017 at 15:19
  • Or maybe it is a permission issues .? Commented Jan 12, 2017 at 15:39
  • Where do you get the error and what is the path? Have you checked that the crawl account can access the share and the underlying folder(s)? a space in the share name (e.g. \\Fileserver\My Folder) shouldn't be an issue for the content source.
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    Commented Jan 12, 2017 at 15:39

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