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 !



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? – Vandoorn Kevin May 14 '13 at 6:09
  • In central admin, manage service applications, Search Service. It will be the Default content access account. – Eric Alexander May 14 '13 at 14:58
  • my default content acces account is NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE but how do I give this account full read permissions? – Vandoorn Kevin May 16 '13 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. – Eric Alexander May 16 '13 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. – Vandoorn Kevin May 17 '13 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? – Robert Lindgren May 16 '13 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... – Vandoorn Kevin May 16 '13 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 – Robert Lindgren May 16 '13 at 8:50
  • didn't configure anything... was the default option... – Vandoorn Kevin May 16 '13 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) – Robert Lindgren May 16 '13 at 9:10

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