There is a requirement to index and search PDF documents inside MOSS 2007. The first thing that comes to my mind is “IFilters”. Then I need to choose between the V6 and V8.1 of the IFilters. The advantage of Acrobat Reader V8.1 reader is that it has IFilters inside.
I did not choose V8.1 . Because I don’t have special requirement to deal with WDS search. So I’ve chosen IFilters V6. Here are steps that I followed to install the pdf IFilters
a)Download Adobe PDF IFilters 6.0
b)Start –>Run–>> Services.msc and stop the IIS Admin service. The reason we need to do this is, the IFilters configuration needs an update to DOCICON.XML.
c)Run the IFilters installer on the Indexing Server
d) Download the pdf icon image of size 17X17 from the following location and save it as “icpdf.gif” somewhere to the local hard disk
d)Copy the icpdf.gif to the following location
“C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft SharedWeb Server Extensions12TemplateImages”
e) Go the C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft SharedWeb server extensions12TemplateXml
f) Edit the DOCICON.XML by adding the following entry
<Mapping Key=”pdf” Value=”icpdf.gif”/>
g) Perform an IIS RESET
h) Go to Search Settings under Central Administration and add the pdf as the new file type
g) Perform the crawl again
Now MOSS is supposed to search pdf documents properly. This is what said in so many Articles and Blogs. It did not work for me that easily. After some analysis, I’ve learnt that I need to apply a Microsoft Hot fix to make this work for MOSS 2007. The Microsoft Hot fix mentions the following steps to be performed to make the pdf search work for MOSS 2007
1. Add the following registry entry, and then set the registry entry value to pdf:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftShared ToolsWeb Server Extensions12.0SearchApplications<GUID>GatherSearchExtensionsExtensionList38
To do this, follow these steps: a. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
b. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftShared ToolsWeb Server Extensions12.0SearchApplicationsGUIDGatherSearchExtensionsExtensionList
c. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click String Value.
d. Type 38, and then press ENTER.
e. Right-click the registry entry that you created, and then click Modify.
f. In the Value data box, type pdf, and then click OK.
2. Verify that the following two registry subkeys are present and that they contain the appropriate values.
Note these registry subkeys and the values that they contain are created when you installed the Adobe PDF IFilter on the server.
• HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftShared ToolsWeb Server Extensions12.0SearchSetupContentIndexCommonFiltersExtension.pdf
This registry subkey must contain the following registry entry:• Name: Default
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftShared ToolsWeb Server Extensions12.0SearchSetupFilters.pdf
This registry subkey must contain the following registry entries:
• Name: Default
Data: (value not set)
• Name: Extension
• Name: FileTypeBucket
Data: 0x00000001 (1)
• Name: MimeTypes
3. Upload the PDF documents to the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Web site.
a. Stop and then start the Windows SharePoint Services Search service. To do this, follow these steps:a. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
b. Stop the Windows SharePoint Services Search service. To do this, type net stop spsearch at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.
c. Start the Windows SharePoint Services Search service. To do this, type net start spsearch at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.
d. Type exit to exit the command prompt.
Now MOSS is ready to search pdf documents