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Create Crawl Rule

Posted by Paul on May 3, 2014


In this article we can explore how to create a crawl rule in SharePoint 2013.

What is Crawl Rule?

Crawl rules coupled with Content Sources allows to:

1. Include a path during crawl

2. Exclude a path during crawl

3. Specify Credentials for a path

4. Set Wildcards like * and Regular Expressions

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You can discard Crawl Rules if your Content Source is working first hand.

Steps

Follow the steps below to create a crawl rule.

Step 1: Open Crawl Rules

Open Central Administration > Service Applications > Search Service Application > Crawl Rules

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Step 2: Create Crawl Rule

Choose the New Crawl Rule option & enter the details as shown below.

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Please note that you need to include asterisk (*) to include the URLS.

By default exclude option is selected, you need to choose the Include option. Check the Follow Links, Complex URLs, SharePoint content as HTTP pages options too.

For external web sites you can use the Anonymous access.

Step 3: Test Crawl Rule

Now we can test our crawl rule. Here we are entering a lengthy URL and make sure it is being caught by our crawl rule.

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Once the Test is confirmed, we can go ahead with Full Crawl.

References

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219686(v=office.15).aspx

Summary

In this article we have explored how to create a crawl rule in SharePoint 2013.

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