Connecting Your Web Service in Windows Federated Search
This topic describes the steps involved in connecting a web service between your data store and Windows Federated Search, and how to send queries and return search results in RSS or Atom.
This topic is organized as follows:
To connect the web service of your data store to federated search, perform the following steps:
- Create an .osdx file.
- Supply the .osdx file to users so that they can add the service on demand by opening the .osdx file.
- Generate a search connector and actively deploy it in your enterprise.
A user registers a new remote data store with Windows Federated Search by opening an OpenSearch Description (.osdx) file. When the user does so, the following events occur:
- A .searchconnector-ms file (search connector) is created in the Windows Searches folder (%userprofile%/Searches).
- A shortcut to the .searchconnector-ms file is created in the Links folder (%userprofile%/Links).
- A shortcut appears in the Windows Explorer navigation Favorites pane, enabling the user to navigate into the new data store, and query the web service.
For additional information about implementing search federation to remote data stores using OpenSearch technologies in Windows 7 and later, see "Additional Resources" at Federated Search in Windows.
- Federated Search in Windows
- Getting Started with Federated Search in Windows
- Enabling Your Data Store in Windows Federated Search
- Creating an OpenSearch Description File in Windows Federated Search
- Following Best Practices in Windows Federated Search
- Deploying Search Connectors in Windows Federated Search