To crawl mailbox and folder contents, contentACCESS uses plugins. A plugin in contentACCESS is a component of the software that adds specific features to the application. Each type of plugin has its own specific use-case, but its features can be simply extended, depending on the process that it should implement.
Depending on the implemented process, the administrator creates certain instances from these plugins, which we call “jobs”. Even these jobs differ from each other concerning their settings, but there are certain features that are common to all of these jobs: all jobs use a database, where they write metadata, they have a storage where they store binaries, they have a scheduler, which specifies their running times, they have a retention which determines the period for how long the data (documents, emails, etc.) processed by a job must be accessible etc. These settings are configurable in the following groups:
- File Archive tab ⇒ Settings group by the File Archive;
- Email Archive tab ⇒ Settings group by Email Archive;
- Custom plugins tab ⇒ General group by Custom plugins.
- SharePoint Archive tab ⇒ Settings group by the SharePoint Archive;
Only the features configured in these settings can be selected on the processing job’s configuration page.
In this section we will explain how to adjust these framework features. These configurations can be done the same way for all plugin types – by navigating to the appropriate control button on the Central Administration ribbon. The configuration logic is from left to right. If you follow this logic, then all necessary configuration will be done for the next step.