Search on multiple web applications (SharePoint 2010)

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Hello everyone, here is a scenario.
I have multiple web applications in SharePoint 2010. Now I want to add another web application to be used for "Global" Search on all my web applications. I want this web app to have the capability of searching through all my web apps for files, etc. Is this possible ?

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By default, you will find that each web application with root site have three search scopes defind, which are :

All Sites
This Site
People search

Hence you don't need to make additional configuration to search through all the sites in your farm. Just to make sure that you search service application have only one content source providing the search data and indexing the information.

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Yagyashree,

This is the scenario

4 web apps
http://webapp1:80
http://webapp2:80
http://webapp3:80
http://webapp4:80

There is a content in Http://webapp1:80 that I want to search but i'm in http://webapp2:80 can I use the search in http://webapp2:80 without going to http://webapp1:80 ?
Please refer to below link

Is it posible to search all site collections (across web app and site collections, I need all the content to be query?
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sharepointsearchlegacy/thread/b92df9da-73fa-428a-b483-7b07019a30ea
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Easiest (not the only) solution is to deploy a "search center" site in each web app.  Any time you perform a search from a search center site, it by default searches all content (using All Content scope) in your index, regardless of web app.

The way search works on any other site besides a search center, is it will search content from your current location and down.  Not across web apps.

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If you are using SharePoint Server (not Foundation), you have lots of options as how to manage the search experience.

Essentially, go into your Search Service Administration in Central Administration, and create a new Search Scope. You can define the rules for the search scope to include whatever content or whatever paths you want, and define what should also be excluded.

You can then use those search scopes in your normal site collections, or create an Enterprise Search Center (as referenced by ACH1LLES), and expose your scope that way as well.

How you end up architecting how the users search for what where is really up to you, but the answer is yes, you can have a search scope that searches across 4 different web applications - as long as you aren't using Foundation. And you don't have to be in that specific web application to search its content.

TechNet: Plan Search Scopes
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg185660(v=office.14).aspx
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Guys I'll apply this solution in a week or two, I'm currently working on something right now.
I'll keep everyone posted

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Not yet, I will have the answer by the end of this week or Monday next week

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