3

I am new to SharePoint. I am trying to add a search box to a list but I can't figure out how to do it. I have added an external content type and want to be able to search in it.

So what I did was adding the WebPart: Search Box. But how to I tell the search box where to search? I thought maybe I had to set the connection but the connection menu is grayed out and telling:

"The WebPart you are connecting from does not allow authoring of connections."

I am using SharePoint 2010

1

I don't believe you can use just the search webpart to query external content types.

Assuming you have the content type correctly configured using BCS then you can set up a simple search site to test using the Basic Search Center template.

In essence you use SharePoint Designer 2010 to define the external content type and set up a SharePoint Server search crawl that includes that external data.

You will need to configure a Read List and Read Item operation for the external content type.

Reference and steps here.

1

Based on what you are describing. I would create a custom search scope. Launch a full crawl. Then configure your search box WebPart to use the custom scope.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.