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We refer to this as "enterprise packaging." As of this writing (Spring 2010), all of these offerings assume that administrators will write command line scripts or Java programs to index data

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Cover of Professional Microsoft® Search: FAST Search, SharePoint® Search, and Search Server

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Some scripting; today, not as much; gui's like Hue and Solritas; Solr admin; Solr query have changed this aspect to some degree.