By opening the Microsoft Enterprise Search 2008 site, we will be clutched by a statement that describes the essence of this technology: “Search doesn’t have to be complicated. You can deliver search solutions to your organization quickly and easily with Microsoft Search Server 2008.”
Microsoft Search Server 2008 (MSS) and Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express (MSSX) are built on Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. It is designed for an organization who wants to benefit from the power of search without having Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. As a constituent of the huge spectrum of MOSS 2007, either MSS or MSSX is the right technology for an enterprise who only wants to have its information searchable. If we are running Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and want to enjoy the power of enterprise searching, therefore, we need MSS or MSSX. Microsoft has provided us guide to compare and identify which search product is right for us.
NOTE: The same is the case of Microsoft Office Forms Server 2007 with MOSS 2007 and WSS 3.0 for InfoPath Form Services.
Before implementing Microsoft Search Server 2008, we primarily need to determine the hardware requirements, plan to deploy, plan for administrative and service accounts, plan to crawl content, plan the search experience, plan for redundancy, and plan for availability.
To upgrade our WSS 3.0 to MSS or MSSX, moreover, we need first to read the guide provided by Microsoft that presents instructions and considerations on the upgrade process. And to enable MSSX features in WSS 3.0, Mike Walsh has provided us a comprehensive guide.
Enough with the introduction and we will start our journey in installing Microsoft Search Server 2008.
1. Upon being prompted by the Start dialog, as illustrated below, let us click the Run the Search Preparation Tool under the Install section. This will check installation of prerequisites.
2. After the completion of the first step, we will proceed with the installation by clicking the Install Search Server under the Install section. Notice that the installation process is almost the same with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Forms Server 2007.
3. During the installation we will be prompted to provide our 25-character Product Key. Below is the illustration.
4. Next is the facility where we need to identify the installation type. For demonstration purposes, we will select Advance installation. Below is the illustration.
5. Next is the facility to define the Server Type. For our purpose, we will select Complete. It will install all components and we will give us the capability to add servers to form a farm. Below is the illustration.
6. With the first few steps, we can now monitor the progress while it is installing. Below is the illustration.
7. Since MSS or MSSX runs on WSS 3.0, we will be prompted by a dialog box that directs us to run SharePoint Product and Technologies Configuration Wizard to complete its installation. Below is the illustration.
8. As illustrated below, we will also be prompted by a message box that some services will be restarted or reset during the configuration.
9. Additionally, we will be asked to Connect to Server Farm. In our case, we will create a new server farm. Below is the illustration.
10. Before the configuration process, we need to specify the configuration database settings where Database Server, Database Name, and Service Account must be defined. Below is the illustration.
11. The configuration process could be monitored from the next dialog that will appear. Below is the illustration.
12. Finally, we will be prompted by a dialog box that we have successfully configured our server. Below is the illustration.
With this we could now launch the SharePoint Central Administration and start performing necessary setting for our Microsoft Search Server 2008. Thanks you very much.