The SSPScopeDeploy.wsp solution extends the SSP Search Management Interface with three new abilities:
Deploy Search Center Template SRCHCEN#0 to Site Collection(s)
Deploy Shared Search Scope(s) to Site Collection
Retract Shared Search Scope(s) From Site Collection
This automates the largest part of the "heavy lifting" when dealing with Shared Search Scopes and Many Site Collections; greatly reducing the effort required to implement a new Shared Search Scope across the enterprise.
*Important Note: This version requires your SSP Web Application and Web Applications attached to the SSP (where the Site Collections in question exist) to be running under the same service Account (i.e. the Same Application Pool Account... This will be addressed with version 1.2 due out in October 2008*
This solution completely automates the Shared Scope Deployment Process from over 10 seperate and lengthy steps, for each and every search scope in each and every site collection, into a simple button click and a smile!
Upon installation and activation you will find these abilities added to each SSP in your Farm.
These Admin Pages only surface items from web applications attached to the SSP your are in.
The SSPSearchCenterDeploy.aspx automates the generation of a Search Center in a given Site Collection.
The SSPScopeDeploy.aspx automates the deployment of one or more Shared Search Scopes to a given site collection.
The SSPScopeRetract.aspx automates the removal of one or more Shared Search Scopes from a given site collection.