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Search Server Express 2010 resource links

Posted by sharepoinTony on April 25, 2011

This is a quick post to capture some good resources for working with SharePoint Foundation 2010 and Search Server Express 2010.

Installation steps, prerequisites, etc. from Microsoft:

MSSharePointTips post about installing the two:

Search Server Express home:

and TechNet home:

Forum post regarding integrating SPF and SSE:


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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

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Modify the default scope for your search box

Posted by sharepoinTony on July 28, 2010

MOSS/SharePoint 2007

To modify the default scope

Go to your home page and navigate to “Site Actions” –> “Site Settings” –> “Modify All Site Settings“.
On this page, pick “Search scopes” under the Site Collection Administration.
Here you’ll see some different “Display groups“, one of them is the “Search Dropdown” (which is the search box you see on your SharePoint site).
If you click on the “Search Dropdown” link, you’ll be taken to a page with some settings for this group and the bottom one is where you set your default scope.
Modify this to whatever you want, click OK and you’re done!

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Removing Internet from your Search Results

Posted by sharepoinTony on October 28, 2009

The default Search settings within MOSS 2007 may work fine for many companies, but there is one setting that we didn’t like on our SharePoint based Intranet.  That is the display of search results from the Internet.  We want our searches from within the SharePoint sites to focus on internal content, and felt that it is a distraction having what some consider advertising to be displayed with every Search result.

Search Results with Internet

Removing this isn’t difficult, finding the place to do it might be.  If you haven’t messed with Search very much then you won’t likely know where to go to control this behavior.  Additionally, you probably won’t have any idea what it is called so your Google searches may not help you very much.

Want to remove or modify the Internet Results in your Search Results display?

Here are the steps:

  1. Navigate to your Central Administration (or directly to your SSP)
  2. Select  the SSP for your site from the QuickLaunch in Central Administration
  3. Select Search Administration, found under the Search heading on the Home page of your SSP
  4. Select Federated Locations from the Queries and Results section of the Search Administration QuickLaunch
  5. Search Administration QuickLaunch Menu

  6. On the “Manage Federated Locations” page you should see 2 or 3 items listed on the page, we are interested in any that have “Internet Search” in their name.  Notice that the Trigger column displays “Always”
  7. Manage Federated Locations

    Manage Federated Locations

  8. Click on Internet Search Results
  9. Scroll down the Edit Federated Location page to the Trigger section
  10. Trigger option

  11. Read the information about your options,  you want to choose what is best for your site.  For the sake of this post I am selecting Prefix and entering “web” in the Add Prefix field
  12. Prefix selected=

  13. Click the OK button
  14. Repeat steps 7-9 for Internet Search Suggestions (which I assume you have like I did)  Your Manage Federated Locations should look like this now:
  15. Modified Federated Location

    Modified Federated Locations

  16. Jump out to another browser and try searching on your site.  The Search Results window shouldn’t display


    Search Results

    Search Results without Internet results

Tadaaa, you have done it!

In this case, if anyone searches on “bozo” (for example) they will get results without anything included from the Internet.  However,  if they search “web bozo” they will get both results and suggestions from the Internet.  That is because I choose Prefix and used ‘web’ as my prefix.  In both scenarios they will always get results from the SharePoint site.

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