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SP Foundation, Search Server Express & iFilters

Posted by sharepoinTony on February 17, 2011

I found conflicting information regarding compatibility between Search Server Express (SSE) and SharePoint Foundation when I started looking online.  Some said SSE couldn’t be installed on a server that already had SharePoint Foundation (SPF) running.  It also was rumored that pdf iFilters couldn’t be installed on SSE or SPF.

I hope this post clarifies some of these misconceptions, rumors, and general confusion.

What I Found

Quick Facts

(I hope I get ’em right, I don’t want to continue spreading confusion)

  • Search Server Express CAN be installed on top of an existing SPF install
  • PDF iFilters CAN be installed on SSE
  • iFilters CANNOT be installed on SPF alone
  • Installing SSE on a clean server DOES include SPF

More Info

You can find steps to Install Search Server 2010 Express which can be followed to install on a SharePoint Foundation 2010 server.  The only critical changes are:

  1. You must select the Server Farm installation (otherwise the SSE will try installing SPF)
  2. Do not select “Create a new server farm” after the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard completes, and do not use the wizard to setup/configure your farm – Cancel to manually configure the farm.

After you have completed the installation you will have to configure search manually by following the Post-installation steps for Search Server 2010.  That isn’t ideal, but those steps are close enough that you should be able to work your way through successfully.

Final Steps – PDF iFilter

In addition to setting up the iFilters as described in a previous post about SharePoint 2010 PDF iFilters, I had to make the following registry change before I could get Search Server Express to return results that included PDF files.

  1. Start, Run… regedit
  2. Navigate to the following location:
    • \\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office Server\14.0\Search\Setup\ContentIndexCommon\Filters\Extension

  3. Right-click Extension, a menu will appear.
  4. Click New–> Key to create a new key for .pdf (enter “.pdf” and Save, be sure to enter the dot)
  5. Click your new .pdf key, then right-click and Modify the Default (Name (Default) Type REG_SZ)
  6. Add {E8978DA6-047F-4E3D-9C78-CDBE46041603} as the Default Value, click OK
  7. You may also have to restart the SharePoint Server Search 14 service (I did)
  8. Start a Full Crawl to ensure your content is indexed now that the iFilter is configured

5 Responses to “SP Foundation, Search Server Express & iFilters”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Derek Goodridge, SharePoinTony. SharePoinTony said: @workerthread PDF iFilters install with Search Server Express 2010 & works fine – blog: […]

  2. Chris Keyes said

    Thanks very much for sharing this. Very helpful. Am also seeing if I can get an “official” response from MSFT on that through the forums. Will let you know if I do.

  3. Keith Iremonger said

    Thanks, this is really helpful.

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