Add, edit, or delete a content source (SharePoint Server 2010)
Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010
Summary: Learn how to create a content source to specify what type of content to crawl, crawl schedules, starting URLs, and content source priority.
A content source is a set of options that you can use to specify what type of content is crawled, what URLs to crawl, and how deep and when to crawl.
You must create at least one content source before a crawl can occur. After you create a content source, you can edit or delete it at any time.
Create, edit, or delete a content source
To get to the Manage Content Sources page
Verify that the user account that is performing this procedure is a service application administrator for the Search service application.
On the Home page of the SharePoint Central Administration Web site, in the Application Management section, click Manage service applications.
On the Manage Service Applications page, click Search Service Application.
On the Search Administration Page, in the Crawling section, click Content Sources.
To create a content source
On the Manage Content Sources page, click New Content Source.
On the Add Content Source page, in the Name section, in the Name box, type a name for the new content source.
In the Content Source Type section, select the type of content that you want to crawl.
In the Start Addresses section, in the Type start addresses below (one per line) box, type the URLs from which the crawler should begin crawling.
In the Crawl Settings section, select the crawling behavior that you want.
In the Crawl Schedules section, to specify a schedule for full crawls, select a defined schedule from the Full Crawl list. A full crawl crawls all content that is specified by the content source, regardless of whether the content has changed. To define a full crawl schedule, click Create schedule.
To specify a schedule for incremental crawls, select a defined schedule from the Incremental Crawl list. An incremental crawl crawls content that is specified by the content source that has changed since the last crawl. To define a schedule, click Create schedule.You can change a defined schedule by clicking Edit schedule.
To prioritize this content source, in the Content Source Priority section, on the Priority list, select Normal or High.
To immediately begin a full crawl, in the Start Full Crawl section, select the Start full crawl of this content source check box, and then click OK.
To edit a content source
You can edit a content source to change the schedule on which the content is crawled, the crawl start addresses, the content source priority, or the name of the crawl. Crawl settings and content type cannot be changed when editing a content source.
On the Manage Content Sources page, in the list of content sources, point to the name of the content source that you want to edit, click the arrow that appears, and then click Edit.
After you have made the changes that you want, select the Start full crawl of this content source check box, and then click OK.
Delete a content source
On the Manage Content Sources page, in the list of content sources, point to the name of the content source that you want to delete, click the arrow that appears, and then click Delete.
Click OK to confirm that you want to delete this content source.