Tag Archives: Web search engine

SharePoint 2013 Federated Search To Bing

In this post I’ll describe the process of federating SharePoint 2013 search queries to Bing.

Open Central Administration and navigate to the Search Service Application.  If necessary, configure a proxy server and tick the box to use the proxy settings for federated sources.



Next, click on Result Sources under Queries and Results.


Enter a name for the result source and choose OpenSearch as the protocol.


In the source URL box enter:


Leave the Credentials Information as Anonymous, click Save.


Edit the search page you want to use the display the Bing results.  Choose Edit Web Part for the Search Results web part.


Click on Change query.


Change the query source to the Results Source you created earlier and click Ok.


Click OK to save the web part properties and save/check-in/publish your page.

Run a search to see the Bing results.



My Sites Site Collection Has NoCrawl Flag Set

Following the creation of a My Sites site collection I attempted to search for a user, but no results were returned.  I checked the search service crawl log and saw that the crawl of the My Sites site collection had failed due to “The item and all items under it will not be crawled because the owner has set the NoCrawl flag to prevent it from being searchable”.


In order to remove the NoCrawl flag, open the offending site as a site administrator.  Click on the URL in the error to open the site.  Open Site settings and navigate to the Search section.  Click on Search and offline availability.


Change Allow this site to appear in search results to Yes and save your changes.  Now re-crawl the site.