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INDEX SERVER SEARCH ON MULTI DOC TYPES

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I need to create an index search for a site that will return everything in the site directory.

This means indexing all types of documents and all asp and htm(l) files (i'll also need to access data in a SQL DB but can handle this on a separate search if not possible with index searching.)

I have created a search for a specific folder containing ONLY .pdf docs that works OK but need advice on how to extend this to the rest of the site.
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If you're using ADO to do the query, then the answer will be in the select statement, which might be along the lines of:

SELECT DocTitle,Filename,VPath,Rank,Characterization,Write FROM SCOPE()
WHERE CONTAINS(Contents, 'SomeKeyword AND SomeOtherKeyword')
ORDER BY RANK DESC

The key thing's "Scope()" which should give you results from the whole catalogue.  In the Index Server MMC, you want to make sure that the catalog is set to track files from a specified virtual server, rather than explicitly adding a directory.  You may also want to check the boxes that say something like Index Files with Unknown Extensions.

In practice, you don't really want every file - especially if there are frontpage extensions on the website.  You can be more specific with the query, e.g.

SELECT DocTitle,Filename,VPath,Rank,Characterization,Write
FROM SCOPE('"D:\Somefolder\Webfolder"') WHERE
NOT CONTAINS(VPath, '"_vti" OR ".xml"') AND
(CONTAINS (Contents, 'SomeKeyword AND SomeOtherKeyword') OR " & _
CONTAINS (DocKeywords, 'Contents, 'SomeKeyword AND SomeOtherKeyword') OR      
CONTAINS (DocSubject, 'SomeKeyword AND SomeOtherKeyword') OR        
CONTAINS (DocTitle, 'SomeKeyword AND SomeOtherKeyword'))
ORDER BY RANK DESC

If a catalog's not returning the correct results then it more often than not seems to be the catalog configuration which is screwy.
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