Check out how federated search is different in SharePoint Server 2010 …

What is Federated Search in SharePoint Server 2010? A Federated Search enables you to display search results for additional content that is not crawled by your search server. Using Federated Search, the query can be performed over the local content index, or it can be forwarded to an external content repository where it is processed […]

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Content Crawler in SharePoint 2010

What is a Content Crawler in SharePoint Server 2010? Using Content Crawler, the results are returned from the Search service application’s content index based on the user’s query. The content index contains content that is crawled by the Search service application, and includes text content and metadata for each content item.

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