Search Server 2010 Express–Introduction, Installation & Configuration

Prerequisite

1) SFS 2010 with one Application Server running Central Administrating Site and other services

2) SFS 2010 with one Web Front End Server hosting Web application

3) SQL Server Database server hosting databases required for SFS 2010

4) Download SSE 2010 from here

Permission Required

1) Service account under which the Central Admin site’s Application pool is running should have ‘DB Creator’ and ‘SecurityAdmin’ rights.

Note: These permission are important other wise configuration of Search Service will fail with SQL Exception “User does not have permission”. I was able to resolve this by referring this great post. Click

Steps to be followed on Application Server

1) Log into Application Server using user/service account who is a member of Admin Group on the box.

2) Click on EXE “searchserverexpress.exe”.

3) A dialogue box will appear as shown in below picture.

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4) Next, click on “install software prerequisite

5) After all prerequisite are installed, a dialogue box will appear on status of each components whether those are installed or not. Please make sure to read the full list before going ahead.

6) Now click on “Install Search Server Express”

7) A dialogue message box about “Read the Microsoft Software License Terms” will pop up. Tick “I accept the terms of this agreement”. Click “Continue” button.

8) A dialogue box “Choose a file location” will appear, select the right drive & path and click “Install now”

9) This will install the SSE 2010 on Application Server.

10) After the installation is done a dialogue box  “Run Configuration Wizards” appears, select the check box “Run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard now” and click on Close.

11) Now SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard starts.

12) On the Welcome to SharePoint Products screen, click Next.

13) Click Yes on Dialogue box confirmation of Service reset.

14) On the Completing Configuration wizard screen Click “Next”

15) When the Configuration Successful screen, click Finish. The default Search Center opens. This completes the  installation.

16) Then IE will pop up and direct user to Central Administration page asking “How do you want to configure your SharePoint farm?” Click “Cancel” button as We will manually configure the search Service.

17) Restart and reboot the SharePoint Application server.

Note:Please note that installer will identify the role of application server, based on that it will deploy services accordingly

Verification of Installation.

To verify whether everything is installed properly

1) Open Central Admin Site and Click on Manage Services on Server from “System Setting” heading.

2) Select Application Server from Drop down.

3) Ensure that “SharePoint Server Search” is running on Application Server.

Steps to be followed on Web Front End Server

We need to follow same step as followed on Application server. This is required for Service called “Search Query and Site setting Service”.

Note:Please note that installer will identify the role of web front end server, based on that it will deploy services accordingly

Verification of Installation.

To verify whether everything is install property

1) Open Central Admin Site and Click on Manage Services on Server from “System Setting” heading.

2) Select Web Front End Server from Drop down.

3) Ensure that “Search Query and Site setting Service” is running.

That’s it for installation. In the next article I am going to write about configuration of SharePoint Search Service on application Server.

Steps Required for configuration are listed below

 

1) Configure the Search Service on Application Server by using Central Admin.

 

2) Configure Content Source

 

3) Creating a Search Center Site

 

4) Searching Content

 

Step 1: Configure the Search Service on Application Server by using Central Admin

 

  • Logon to Central Admin site
  • Navigate to Application Management –> Manage Service Application
  • In Ribbon Control Click on Arrow in New Button
  • Click on New “Search Service Application”
  • A dialogue box as shown in Screen-1 will appear

 

                    Screen-1

 

Screen-2

 

  • Name: Enter Name in Name field
  • Search Service Account: Choose a Managed account from List, if not there register a Managed account using the link “Register a new Managed Account”
  • Application Pool for Search Admin Web Service:Either select a Create New Application or select from existing.
  • Application Pool for Search Query and Site Setting Web Service:Either select a Create New Application or select from existing.
  • Click on Ok Button
  • Next You will see a Processing windows, wait for process to complete.

 

        Screen-3

 

After Service Creation is done.

 

Verification Steps:

 

1) Now we need to make sure below two services are running on Application Server and Web Front End Server

 

  • Search Query and Site Settings Service: Search Query and Site Settings Service is deployed on Web Front End Server.
  • SharePoint Server Search- SharePoint Server Search is deployed on Application Server

 

How to verify:

 

  • Navigate to System Settings—>Manage Service on Server in Central Admin Site.
  • Select Web Front Server from drop down, look for Search Query and Site Setting Service, Ensure it is started.
  • Select Application Server from drop down, look for SharePoint Server Search and ensure it is started.

 

Now Search Express is configured and next steps which are required are listed below

 

1) Configure Content Source

 

2) Configure Crawl on Content Source

 

3) Run a full Crawl

 

4) Searching data

 

Lets start with Configuration of Content Sources.

 

  • Central Admin Site, Navigate to Application Management—> Manage Service Application.
  • Look for Search Service Application and select it
  • In the Ribbon control, click on Manage button
  • A page as shown in below picture appears

 

 

 

SearchManage

 

You will see a default Content Source created Named “Local SharePoint Site”

 

 

 

 

 

ContentSources

 

  • Ensure that your site address is listed in “Start Addresses”.
  • Select the “Crawl Schedules” for full crawl and Incremental Crawl.
  • Now click “ok”
  • On the “Manage Content Sources “ page, click on Start Full Crawl

 

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After Full crawl is completed. You can now log in your site and start searching.

 

Happy Searching

 

 

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