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Configure client certificates for crawling an SSL site (Office SharePoint Server 2007)

Office 2007

Updated: April 16, 2009

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

Updated: 2009-04-16

By default, the crawler uses NTLM for authentication when crawling. Some content sources that you want to crawl may use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and require client certificates for authentication. A shared services administrator can create a crawl rule to configure the crawler to use a client certificate, instead of NTLM, when crawling a particular URL or range of URLs. For more information about how to create and configure crawl rules, see Plan to crawl content (Office SharePoint Server).

ImportantImportant:

You must be a shared services administrator to perform this procedure.

To configure client certificates for crawling an SSL site

Before performing this procedure, a server administrator must register the client certificate with the index server; otherwise, authentication fails and the content is not crawled. Use the following procedure to create a crawl rule that configures the crawler to use a client certificate when crawling a particular path. For more information about server certificates, see Server Certificate Deploymenthttp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=144649.

Configure client certificates for crawling an SSL site

  1. Complete one of the following steps depending on the status of your installation.

    • If the Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers is installed, in Central Administration, on the Quick Launch, in the Shared Services Administration group, click the Shared Services Provider (SSP).

      On the Shared Services Administration page, in the Search section, click Search administration.

      On the Search Administration page, on the Quick Launch, in the Crawling section, click Crawl rules.

      NoteNote:

      For more information, see Description of the Microsoft Office Servers Infrastructure Update (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=121886).

    • If the Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers is not installed, in Central Administration, on the Quick Launch, in the Shared Services Administration group, click the SSP.

      On the Shared Services Administration page, in the Search section, click Search settings.

      On the Configure Search Settings page, in the Crawl Settings section, click Crawl Rules.

  2. On the Manage Crawl Rules page, click New Crawl Rule.

  3. On the Add Crawl Rule page, in the Path section, in the Path box, type the path of the content that requires the crawler to use SSL and client certificates.

  4. In the Crawl Configuration section, click Include all items in this path.

  5. In the Specify Authentication section, click Specify client certificate, and then on the Certificate list, click the certificate that you want to use.

  6. Click OK.

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