Search User Profiles in Remote Farm

Requirement

In a follow up to the previous post, we want to allow the dev farm to search for user profiles in the test farm.

Solution

Dev farm

  1. Central Administration -> Manage Service Applications -> Search Service Application.
  2. Under Content Sources, add a new one.
  3. Type in a name
  4. Under Start Addresses, type in: sps3://<url of your test farm>
  5. Configure a schedule if you need to.
  6. Click on OK to save.

Test farm

  1. Central Administration -> Manage Service Applications -> User Profile Service
  2. Click on Administrators on the ribbon.
  3. Add the content access search account you configured in your dev environment with ‘Retrieve People Data for Search Crawlers’.
  4. Save.

Start a crawl on your dev farm.

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