Secure Store Service is Included With Search Server Express 2010

I did my first Search Server Express (SSE) 2010 installation the other day. I expected to see a new Service Application for search available, but what I did not expect to see were a few other services, in particular, the Secure Store Service.

Why do I care about this? Well, as I wrote about previously, the BCS relies on this very heavily when running in a multi server environment without Kerberos. (As an aside, Kerberos, or Cerberus is the three headed dog that guards the gates of Hades. Aptly named I think.). SharePoint Foundation 2010 does not come with this service, which pretty severely limits the value of BCS for these environments.

SSE is a free add-on to SharePoint Foundation 2010, and therefore, suddenly, there is hope! Foundation users CAN use BCS,they just need to install SSE first,and as a nice bonus, they’ll get a much stronger search engine.

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2 thoughts on “Secure Store Service is Included With Search Server Express 2010”

  1. Have you managed to successfully use Secure Store Service on Sharepoint Foundation for BCS? I””ve installed SPF+SSE and secure store service apperead under services with status “started”, but when I try to configure it I get message that “Evaluation period has expired” After doing some googling I came to the conclusion that it””s imposible to use SSS under sharepoint foundation.

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