I have implemented FBA on an web application which has a custom login page. The custom page doesn't let the users login via windows authentication even though it is enabled from central admin. Seems like when I have the custom login page enabled, search crawl fails for the web app. The search log shows the error below:

The SharePoint server was moved to a different location. ( Error from SharePoint site: HttpStatusCode Found The request failed with the error message: -- <html><head><title>Object moved</title></head><body> <h2>Object moved to <a href="%2f_LAYOUTS%2fSharePoint.POC%2fLogin.aspx%3fReturnUrl%3d%252f_vti_bin%252fsitedata.asmx">here</a>.</h2> </body></html> --. )

Taking off the custom login page and using the OOB FBA login page fixes the search issue. I understand I can extend the web app to use classic auth and have search crawl. Is there any other way around?

  • Custom login page only works with FBA users. I have tried this for windows authentication but i was unsuccessful for windows authentication.
    – Richa Jain
    Commented May 13, 2014 at 7:44

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I was able to resolve this issue by adding a hidden URL in my custom login page as such:

<div style="display:none">
                <a href="/_windows/default.aspx?ReturnUrl=/">click
                here to login</a>                    

This URL lets users login with windows auth which I am hiding because I want users to login using forms. I am guessing search crawler looks out for this URL during a crawl.

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    This did not work for me actually. I didn't find out until I ran a full crawl. The following steps fixed the issue: extend the site which uses classic authentication (xyz) => add the newly created site to the content source => remove the main site (abc.com) => add new server mapping for xyz to abc.com. Not sure if there is an easier way to fix this issue.
    – Emon
    Commented Jan 14, 2013 at 20:12
  • Accept your own answer if you have resolved the issue, so question will not reflect in unanswered questions..
    – P S
    Commented Dec 4, 2015 at 4:29

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