24 January 2011

Installing Microsoft Search Server 2010

On of the most fundamental differences in they way users use their data is that no one particularly cares where stuff is anymore, as long as you can search for it and find it.

When I first started working with SharePoint years ago I could not quite understand why there was so much emphasis on search.  Now I get it.  As far as users are concerned, if it does not come up in a search result it probably does not exist.

The main problem with SharePoint search is that it was part of the SharePoint.  Not everyone had / has the appetite to implement a whole SharePoint infrastructure just to get the ability to search their company information.    In 2007 MS released "SharePoint Server 2007 Search", then "Search server 2008" and now "Search Server 2010." Search without SharePoint.

Installing is very straight forward.  I am Using Windows Server 2008 R2  and I am install Search Server 2010 x64

Open the Splash installer.

 Launching "Install Software Prerequisites" does all the hard work for you.

After a reboot you can now select the "Install search server" from the splash screen.
Enter your paid for license key

 Agree to the ULA
Clicking "Standalone" will auto configure just about everything.  If you want to build a more scalable deployment that has a full SQL back end etc. you will have to use the "Server Farm" option.

Once the install is complete it will start the configuration wizard.

It crunches away at setup database and IIS sites etc

When it is all done you can launch the Central Administrator site

That's it for installation.  Very straight forward and easy.  I really do appreciate packages like this that will prep a machine from scratch and get all the bits and pieces working together.


Anonymous said...

Cool, you haven't by any chance installed this on a 2008R2 machine which is also running Exchange 2010? Thinking of trying this on our server

Etienne Liebetrau said...

My first reaction is "That is not a good idea" but it depends, if you have a very small amount of data and plenty of spare capacity then MAYBE. Drop me a mail and we can check what your environment requirements are.

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