How to Start/Schedule a Crawl in MOSS 2007

20 May

If you don’t see your item in search result in MOSS 2007, most likely means your item(s) have not been crawled. How can we do this manually or set a schedule for this?

  1. Open MOSS 2007 Central Administration > Application Management > Create or configure this farm’s shared services in “Office SharePoint Server Shared Services” group.
  2. Open your web applications Shared Services page
  3. Click on “search settings” in search group.
  4. Click on “Content sources and crawl schedules” and open context menu of your content source.
  5. In context menu you will get these options (see image below):
  • Edit
  • View Crawl Log
  • Start Full Crawl
  • Start Incremental Crawl
  • Resume Crawl
  • Pause Crawl
  • Stop Crawl
  • Delete

Content Sources

You can start crawling manually here but what is recommended is to set a schedule. To do this click on “Edit” and you will get two “Crawl Schedules” options. One is the Full Crawl option and the other is the Incremental Crawl option. Click on the link you want to create a schedule and give you schedule types, time and repeat times (if this applies). It is best practice to set Incrementals throughout the week and a Full on the weekend or evening considering the time it takes to complete. You can always run a crawl manually to have information appear immediately when necessary.

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Posted by on May 20, 2009 in SharePoint Common Issues


5 responses to “How to Start/Schedule a Crawl in MOSS 2007

  1. persiance

    June 21, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    When I click on “search settings” it shows me “unknown error”.
    The last thing I did was scheduling incremental crawls during work hours. (repeat every 3 hours)
    The site is really small at this stage. (very few documents on the site)
    What can be the problem? I restarted the Indexing service and Office Search service. But it didn’t work.

    • Laura

      June 21, 2012 at 4:17 AM

      Have you tried running the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard? It seems to reinstall certain elements that may be missing.

      • persiance

        June 21, 2012 at 4:36 AM

        Finally I restarted the server. 🙂
        It is performing a full crawl because of restarting the search service.
        My main question is about incremental crawls. I cannot get them to work.

      • Laura

        June 21, 2012 at 5:46 AM

        What message does it give when you attempt an incremental?

  2. persiance

    June 21, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    It worked. I had mistakenly added some Crawl Rules in Shared Services Administration: SharedServices > Search Settings > Crawling Rules 🙂 Thank you.


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