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Step 3: Create the Federated Search Location and Customize the XSL [Search Server 2008]

As soon as you verify that the HTML to RSS federated connector is working, you need to create a federated location for the connector. After you have created the location, you can add a Federated Results Web Part that displays results from the location. The tasks involved include:

  • Creating the Federated location

  • Adding the Federated Results Web Part

  • Testing the HTML to RSS Federated Search Connector

To create the federated location

  1. On the Search Server 2008 Administration page, click Federated Locations, and then click New Location.

  2. In the Location Name and Display Name fields, type your the values you want.

  3. In the Description field, type text to describe the location, such as Live Search Results.

  4. In the Version field, type 1.0.

  5. For the Location type field, click OpenSearch 1.0/1.1.

  6. In the Query Template field, type the URL for the RSS feed you created (for example, http://localhost/Default.aspx?q={searchTerms}).

  7. In the "More Results" Link Template field, type http:// search.live.com/results.aspx?q={searchTerms}.

  8. Click OK.

To add the Federated Results Web Part

  1. From the main Search Center site, go to the search results page in the path http://YourServerName/results.aspx.

  2. Click Site Actions, and then click Edit Page.

  3. In the Right Zone, click Add a Web Part.

  4. In Suggested Parts for Right Zone, select Federated Results, and then click Add.

  5. Click Edit for the new Federated Results Web Part.

  6. Click Modify Shared Web Part.

  7. In Location Properties, click the name of the location that you created from the Location list.

  8. Click OK.

  9. Click Exit Edit Mode to close the Edit page.

To test the HTML to RSS Federated Connector

  1. Go to the Search Center Home page in the path http://YourServerName/default.aspx.

  2. Type a search term in the search box.

  3. If the HTML to RSS Federated Connector is working, you should see Live Search results on the search results page.

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