Most content sources can be crawled using the integrated indexing connectors in SharePoint Server 2010. These indexing connectors are set up by configuring the FAST Search connector Content Search Service Application (Content SSA). In addition to these, FAST Search for SharePoint includes three FAST-specific connectors:
These indexing connectors are configured mainly by editing XML files and Windows PowerShell cmdlets and you operate them by using the command line. (Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint uses XML configuration files to control operations in several functional areas. Refer to: About configuration files (FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint))
Plan and design for content collection (FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint) article discusses planning for content crawling by helping you understand how Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint crawls and indexes content. Identify the sources of content that you want to crawl section summarizes the available indexing connectors and their recommended use cases. Given below is a snapshot of the information:
Web site indexing connector
FAST Search Web crawler
Refer to Configure the FAST Search Web crawler for information on configuring the connector.
Business Data Catalog-based indexing connectors
FAST Search database connector
FAST Search database connector uses checksum based change detection for incremental crawls if there is no update information available. The connector also supports time stamp based change detection and change detection based on update and delete flags.
Refer to Configure the FAST Search database connector for information on configuring the connector.
Lotus Notes indexing connector
FAST Search Lotus Notes connector
The FAST Search Lotus Notes connector consists of two parts: a user directory connector and a content connector. The content connector collects content from a Lotus Notes content source. The user directory connector ensures that the end-users can only search Lotus Notes content that they have access to. The user directory connector maps the Active Directory user directory with the Lotus Notes user accounts and is closely integrated with FAST Search Authorization. The FAST Search Lotus Notes connector supports Lotus Notes version 6.5.6, 7.x and 8.x and Lotus Domino version 6.5, 7.x and 8.x.
Refer to Configure the FAST Search Lotus Notes connector for information on configuring the connector.
Plan to deploy FAST Search specific connectors (FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint) article discusses the considerations to take into account before you start crawling content with these FAST Search specific connectors.