Create Content Sources for search in SharePoint 2013

Create Content Sources for search in SharePoint 2013
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In this post we will discuss how to create content sources in SharePoint server 2013. A content source specify what, when and how to crawl. When ever you create a search service application, by default it will create a content source “Local SharePoint sites” which is configured for crawling all SharePoint sites in the local server farm. You can read

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Open your SharePoint 2013 central administration, click on “Manage service applications” which is under Application Management.

In the Manage service application page, click on Search service application which you have created above. You will be redirected to the Search Administration page. By default you will be able to see the Local SharePoint Sites content source like below:

 Create Content Sources for search in SharePoint 2013
Create Content Sources for search in SharePoint 2013

To add a new content source, click on New Content Source in the Manage Content Sources page.

Give a Name for the content source. Then choose content source type, here I am going to choose SharePoint Sites And then I will put the address for the web application in the address box. Then in the Crawl Settings section, choose Crawl everything under the hostname for each start address radio button as shown in the fig below:

 Create Content Sources for search in SharePoint 2013
Create Content Sources for search in SharePoint 2013

Then choose Crawl Schedules, choose Enable incremental crawls and create schedule for this crawl.

 Create Content Sources for search in SharePoint 2016
Create Content Sources for search in SharePoint 2016

Then Content Source Priority as Normal as shown in the fig below:

 Create Content Sources for search in SharePoint 2013
Create Content Sources for search in SharePoint 2013

Once you will add the content source, it will appear in the administration page.

 Create Content Sources for search in SharePoint 2019
Create Content Sources for search in SharePoint 2019

Hope this will be helpful.

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I am Bijay from Odisha, India. Currently working in my own venture TSInfo Technologies in Bangalore, India. I am Microsoft Office Servers and Services (SharePoint) MVP (5 times). I works in SharePoint 2016/2013/2010, SharePoint Online Office 365 etc. Check out My MVP Profile.. I also run popular SharePoint web site SharePointSky.com

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