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I have been doing some research on how i could get Search Server Express 2008
and WSS v3 up and running as i needed the cross site search feature Search Server Express provides.

Installing it wasn't really an issue and its it went ok apart from some issues i had when trying to extract the files and when i ran the SearchExpress.exe i kept getting "Installation Package Failed etc " .error
But i would leave that for another time on how i fixed it.

But after installing Search Express and creating a search center and activating all those nice and good webparts on any site collections you want. I came across some issues when trying to set up SEARCH SCOPES(GLOBAL I RECKON) as i couldn't find any link to take me to a site to create.You will need to create a SCOPE if you want it to appear  in the search scope  near to the Search Box webpart.

Solution:
Well i finally came across the link which is :
http://YourSharepointSite/ssp/admin/_layouts/viewscopes.aspx?mode=ssp

OK all good i created the scope added Rules and all fine. Then i went to my search center site > Edited the search box webpart and selected Show Scopes Dropdown under Scopes Dropdown but i couldn't see the scopes i created.

After looking at the Layout folder 12 hive i found another viewscopes.aspx page and normally this link should be under site actions > site settings of your Search Center site collection but it wasn't there.

Any way this link below would take you to the right place
http://YourSharepointSite/_layouts/viewscopes.aspx?mode=site

Which you can now see the Dsiplay Group:Serach Dropdown just click on the Search DropDown and select the Scopes plus set your default scope.

Hope that helps and sure will save some precious time
posted on Sunday, July 6, 2008 12:47 PM

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# re: No Link to Search Scope - Search Server Express 2008 10/31/2008 9:28 AM Rodney
Thank you! You're a life saver

# re: No Link to Search Scope - Search Server Express 2008 12/19/2008 4:31 AM babeach
Did you install this on an existing WSS 3.0 infrastructure?

I have a medium farm (2 WFE, one index/search, one SQL db) and was wanting to deploy this on our farm, but was unsure if it would conflict with existing farm.

# re: No Link to Search Scope - Search Server Express 2008 3/10/2009 11:54 AM Kenny
thanks. i struggled with this for a whole day before discovering it the same way you did.

# re: No Link to Search Scope - Search Server Express 2008 3/27/2009 3:09 AM Eric Pearson
how did you get past the installation failed problem?

# re: No Link to Search Scope - Search Server Express 2008 3/27/2009 4:02 PM Patrick
Hi Eric,
Can't really remember but i think the download was bad.Try extracting it straight to a DVD or CD.Also try from a WINXP.Hope that helps

# re: No Link to Search Scope - Search Server Express 2008 8/1/2009 7:36 AM Gavin McKay
Hi Eric,

Did the new search scopes come up automatically in the search scope drop-down box? Mine won't display in the default, instead I had to add a new search box web part to my page. Any ideas?

# re: No Link to Search Scope - Search Server Express 2008 9/12/2011 7:20 PM upgrade
Thank you very. That's helped me.

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