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Article – Anonymous Crawl Configuration in SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013 introduces a new approach for passing credentials to Search Crawler for crawling public-facing sites with Anonymous authentication. SharePoint Search requires a user account for being able to crawl content. One of the bottlenecks we had to deal with SharePoint 2010 Search was difficulty of crawling public-facing sites with Anonymous authentication. SharePoint 2010 requires a user account for crawling content from sites, even if they are configured for Anonymous authentication. SharePoint 2013 resolves this issue by introducing a new approach – Anonymous which eliminate the need of passing an user account and trying to authenticate for crawling content for public-facing web sites with anonymous authentication.

Following are the ways we can configure SharePoint 2013 to pass credentials to SharePoint Search to crawl content:

  • Default Crawl Account
  • Specific Account
  • Client Certificate
  • Form credentials
  • Cookie
  • Anonymous

Following steps demonstrate how to configure SharePoint Crawler to use new Anonymous option to crawl public-facing web sites:

Task 1 – Configure public-facing web site Content Source

  • Open SharePoint 2013 Central Administration web site
  • Navigate to Manage service applications from Application Management group
  • Select Search Service Application instance and navigate to Search Administration page
  • Select Content Sources from the left hand side Search Administration linksSearch Administration links
  • Select New Content Source from Manage Content Sources page
  • Enter Name for the Content Source and select Web Sites option for Content Source Type.
  • Enter web site URL for the Start Address field and click OK.New Search Content Source

 

Task 2 – Create a Crawl Rule to use Anonymous option

  • Select Crawl Rules from the left hand side Search Administration links.Search Administration links
  • Select New Crawl Rule from the Manage Crawl Rules page
  • Enter Path and select Include all items in this path option from the Crawl Configuration section
  • Select Anonymous access option for the Specify Authentication sectionCrawl Rules

 

Task 3 – Crawl content

  • Select Content Sources from the left hand side Search Administration links
  • From the context menu for the new content source added, select Start Full Crawl to start crawling contentFull Crawl

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