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SharePoint® 2010 Administration: Instant Reference by Milan Gross, Randy Williams

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Configure the Search Service Application

A powerful feature of SharePoint 2010 is its enterprise search capabilities. The term enterprise search refers not to the edition of SharePoint that hosts it but to the ability of the service to index and support searching of all content in an organization’s network (i.e., the enterprise).

As the quantity of digital content tracked and stored by organizations continues to grow, workers spend more time searching for content. A 2006 study by International Data Corporation (IDC) estimated that users may spend an average of 48 percent of their time searching for and analyzing information. The purpose of enterprise search software is to minimize this effort by allowing users to reliably search all the content ...

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