Content Class

Represents the top-level object for administration of the content sources for a Shared Services Provider's (SSP) search service.

Inheritance Hierarchy


Namespace:  Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Administration
Assembly:  Microsoft.Office.Server.Search (in Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.dll)


<SharePointPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, ObjectModel := True)> _
Public NotInheritable Class Content
Dim instance As Content
[SharePointPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, ObjectModel = true)]
public sealed class Content


Use the constructor of the Content class to create a Content object that allows you to access and administer the content sources for an SSP.

For more information about content sources and the new Enterprise Search Administration object model, see Content Sources Overview, Managing Content, and Getting Started with the Search Administration Object Model.


The following code example writes out the full list of content sources for an SSP to a console window. For a complete, step-by-step walkthrough of this sample code, see How to: Retrieve the Content Sources for a Shared Services Provider.


Ensure an SSP is already created.

Project References

Add the following Project References in your console application code project before running this sample:

  • Microsoft.SharePoint

  • Microsoft.Office.Server

  • Microsoft.Office.Server.Search

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.Text;
using Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Administration;
using Microsoft.SharePoint;

namespace ContentSourcesSample
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            Replace <SiteName> with the name of
            a site using the Shared Services Provider.
            string strURL = "http://<SiteName>";
            SearchContext context;
            using(SPSite site = new SPSite(strURL))
               context = SearchContext.GetContext(site);
            Content sspContent = new Content(context);
            ContentSourceCollection sspContentSources = sspContent.ContentSources;
            foreach (ContentSource cs in sspContentSources)
                Console.WriteLine("NAME: " + cs.Name + "  ID: " + cs.Id);

Thread Safety

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

See Also


Content Members

Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Administration Namespace

Other Resources

Getting Started with the Enterprise Search Administration Object Model

Content Sources Overview

Managing Content

How to: Retrieve the Content Sources for a Shared Services Provider

How to: Add a Content Source

How to: Delete a Content Source

How to: Programmatically Manage the Crawl of a Content Source

How to: Programmatically Configure a Crawl Schedule for a Content Source