I am setting up a "My Site Host" site collection, and want users to be able to add a Search Box web part which defaults to using our Enterprise Search Center site collection. First - is this possible? I have tried to link these using in the My Site site collection's Site Settings, but I haven't succeeded. If this is possible, any pointers are appreciated - thanks.
You can specify a search center for all My Sites in the User Profiles Service Application > Setup My Sites > Preferred Search Center. Are the OOTB search box not working out?
Be sure to add "/pages/" after the URL to your search-center. As the example under the text box states.
There is currently a bug in SP2013, that by my understandings won't let you change the search center from the UI. The solution would be to do it with powershell instead.
$ssa = Get-SPEnterpriseSearchServiceApplication "Search Service Application name goes here" $ssa.SearchCenterUrl = "http://url/site/searchcentername/Pages/" $ssa.Update()
After the change you would still see the wrong URL in the Preferred Search Center but if you try to search, you will see that the change was made.