I'm trying to add some directories from my file server to be included in the Search Center in SharePoint 2013. I have added a new content source to be crawled and stated it is a file server. I filled in the path \\fileserver\test After doing a full crawl i get this error :

Access is denied. Verify that either the Default Content Access Account has access to this repository, or add a crawl rule to crawl this repository. If the repository being crawled is a SharePoint repository, verify that the account you are using has "Full Read" permissions on the SharePoint Web Application being crawled.

I don't have any clue how to fix this error, i'm very new to SharePoint.

Thanks !


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The user account that operates the search crawling has to be given read permission to the file share you wish to crawl.

  • How do I find which account this is? May 14, 2013 at 6:09
  • In central admin, manage service applications, Search Service. It will be the Default content access account. May 14, 2013 at 14:58
  • my default content acces account is NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE but how do I give this account full read permissions? May 16, 2013 at 7:13
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    A dedicated user account is preferred. What happens if you leave the company? Now search is hosed because it's running as you. May 16, 2013 at 15:05
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    I will try to add an account to the AD named SPSearch and set that account as the default content access account so there won't be any trouble in the future. May 17, 2013 at 6:16

Changed the default content access account to my user account. Everything works fine now !

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    So PirateEric's answer is the correct one, and not this one. Right? May 16, 2013 at 8:36
  • No it's not... I can't add the NT Authority\network service to the folder if you noticed that in my posts...... i CHANGED the default content access account to my account not what he suggested... May 16, 2013 at 8:48
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    Well that just seems like a hack for not having configured a correct default access account to me May 16, 2013 at 8:50
  • didn't configure anything... was the default option... May 16, 2013 at 8:51
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    Check this link blogs.msdn.com/b/ijasari/archive/2011/04/15/… but skip the two "Enable.." headings since they are for anonymous access sites (I know it's 2010, but it is kind of the same story in 2013) May 16, 2013 at 9:10

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