SharePoint: Installing and Configuring Search Server 2008

Search Server 2008 is the rebranded and updated version of “MOSSFS”. New features and improvements in Search Server 2008:

  • Simplified installation experience similar to MOSS installation
  • Enhanced Administration interface part of Central Administration
  • New Federation Capabilities
  • Performance and Stability Enhancements
  • No preset Document limits

Search Server 2008 is available in two versions similar to SQL Server

  • Microsoft Search Server 2008 (MSS)
    • distributed topology
    • licensed per server
  • Microsoft Search Server 2008 (MSSX)
    • single server
    • FREE

Step by Step Instructions to install and configure MSS (Single Server Farm) on Windows Server 2008 Ent:

  1. Install SQL Server 2008
  2. Install Search Server 2008 (not express)
  3. Install MOSS 2007 SP1 (upgrades Farm installed by Search Server 2008)
  4. Install Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (KB951297 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=3811C371-0E83-47C8-976B-0B7F26A3B3C4&displaylang=en) You need to install this Update otherwise you will see errors when accessing Administration pages
  5. Finish Search Configuration (provide domain accounts for different services and let Configuration finish)
  6. Now you can access Central Administration that has Search Configured

INSTALL MSS ON SQL SERVER

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MOSS 2007 SP1 installation

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MOSS 2007 SP1 installation

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Cheers!!
SOURAV
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