Refining Business Data Catalog Search With Scopes
Summary: Learn how to refine Business Data Catalog searches by using scopes.
By Ryan Femling, 3Sharp
Applies to: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Business Data Catalog
You can use Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 to search entities and other Business Data Catalog items, site collections, and people. You can easily refine the results of these Business Data Catalog searches with scopes. When you define the scopes, you can use them to segregate your Business Data Catalog search results from the rest of your SharePoint Server 2007 search results. You can display this data in a separate Web Part on the Search Results, or in a separate landing page. This ability to segregate yet display the data side-by-side allows the searcher to easily see what they have searched on that is in the Business Data Catalog, along with any relevant material from SharePoint Server 2007.
To enable search capabilities in your Business Data Catalog application, you must first create and import the Business Data Catalog metadata file for that application. For the scenario in this article, you can use the metadata file that was created in the Office Visual How To titled Creating Business Data Catalog Entities in SharePoint Server 2007 and then modified in the Office Visual How To titled Filtering One Business Data Catalog List from Another by Using Associations in SharePoint Server 2007. Then, navigate to the Configure Search Settings page in SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration.
To navigate to Configure Search Settings
Create a Crawl Schedule
Start by creating a content source for your Business Data Catalog application and setting up a crawl schedule.
To create a crawl schedule
Define a Search Scope
After you create your crawl schedule, define a search scope for your Business Data Catalog application.
To define a search scope
Set Scope Properties and Rules
After you create a search scope, you can define its properties and rules.
To set scope properties and rules
Crawl the Content Source Again
To use the scope you just created in a Search Results Web Part, return to the Search Settings page and crawl your content source again.
To crawl the content source again
The Business Data Catalog is an integration feature new to SharePoint Server 2007. It enables SharePoint Server 2007 to expose business data from server applications without the need for additional coding.
After you import a Line-of-Business (LOB) application to SharePoint Server 2007, you can make the surfaced data searchable by creating a content type. You can then refine search results by using search scopes, and by defining membership to the search scope with scope rules.
You can return Business Data Catalog search results to users in a number of ways:
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