Connect SharePoint 2010 Search to File Shares

Use SharePoint Enterprise Search to Index and Query Windows File Shares

1.  I created a service account to use as the content access account.  Example:

2.  Ensure file types are correct.
Note: By Default SharePoint search does not include all file types.  I ran a PowerShell command to query the set:
Get-SPEnterpriseSearchServiceApplication | Get-SPEnterpriseSearchCrawlExtension | Sort-Object FileExtension

Then I ran this command to add new file types:
$FileExt     = "jpg"
Get-SPEnterpriseSearchServiceApplication | New-SPEnterpriseSearchCrawlExtension -Name $FileExt

3.  Ensure the default content access account in Search has Share Permissions of: Read.  Security Permissions of: Read & execute, List folder contents, and Read.

4.  I created a new content source so that I can set a different schedule for indexing.  Our corporate file shares are very large so the indexing takes 160+ hours for an incremental.


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