Issue in crawling .msg files WSS 3.0


?Out of the box, SharePoint Services 3.0 cannot crawl MSG-files (saved Outlook-Mails). But with a little configuration, you can use the IFilter from the Windows Desktop Search.

Here are the steps.

• Install Windows Desktop Search
• Install MSG-IFilter
• Changes in the registry
• The file extension and the IFilter have to be registered for the SharePoint Search. We need these entries in the registry:
• Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
• [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\12.0\Search\Setup\Filters\.msg]
• "Extension"="msg"
• "FileTypeBucket"=dword:00000001
• "MimeTypes"="application/"
• Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
• [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\12.0\Search\Setup\ContentIndexCommon\Filters\Extension\.msg]
• @=hex(7):7b,00,34,00,30,00,33,00,39,00,62,00,33,00,32,00,36,00,2d,00,39,00,66, 00,32,00,37,00,2d,00,34,00,62,00,34,00,61,00,2d,00,62,00,34,00,36,00,30,00, 2d,00,34,00,37,00,61,00,30,00,63,00,36,00,61,00,33,00,39,00,64,00,35,00,63, 00,7d,00,00,00,00,00
• Restart SharePoint Services Search
• To activate the changes in the registry, we need to restart the WSS search service. Open a command window and run
• Start a full crawl
• To crawl already existing MSG-files, a full crawl is needed. Open a command window and run
• STSADM -o spsearch -action fullcrawlstart
• Taking long time
• Deactivate Windows Search (optional)
• Now we are able to search .msg files