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The Index server is a free plug in for Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) 4.0.  The Index server is a search engine.  You can configure it to provide search functions exclusive to each (virtual) web site.  That is within a website, you cannot search the content of another.

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Configuring a separate catalog.
How to use Index Server with restricted folders
Microsoft Knowledge base Index Server documents





Configuring a separate catalog  

Configuring it is easy, but the steps must be followed in strict sequence.

  1. Start Internet Service Manager (ISM)
  2. Select Index server and stop it.
  3. Right mouse click to create new catalog
  4. Assign name & location, use the same name as your web site.
  5. Go to properties page of the new catalog.
  6. Go to web tab.
  7. Change to desired web site
  8. Start Index server.  If you have started the Index server before this step, delete and start over.
  9. Go to IIS and select the web site
  10. Go to properties page, home dir tab.
  11. Check index this web site.
  12. In the query form (asp or idq), select the newly created catalog. Follow Q238791 and use Q.Catalog command. For idq files, it may be necessary to create a virtual root. 

How to use Index Server with restricted folders 

Index Server uses the System account to access the folders for scanning.  To restrict Index Server scanning, remove the System account.  

What if you want to give search function to only a few people for a folder?  Turn off anonymous access for the query folder.  This will force the user to login and Index server will provide the search results corresponding to the user's permission.

Microsoft Knowledge Base Index Server documents 

Note this list is taken off a posting by Stephen L Nicoud from the Index server newsgroup, microsoft.public.inetserver.indexserver All credits should go to him.

Q156405 - Cannot Administrate the Microsoft Index Server
Q156412 - Index Server Will Not Index Virtual Directories
Q156754 - Limit of 26 Catalogs with Microsoft Index Server
Q158726 - How to Query Custom Document Properties in Index Server
Q160348 - Index Server Will Not Index for Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) Files
Q160350 - Index Server Returns HTTP 500 Error
Q160669 - Error Message: The Catalog Directory Can Not Be Found...
Q161400 - Authenticated Users Cannot Query Secured Documents
Q161560 - Microsoft Excel 4.0 Documents Are Not Properly Filtered
Q164090 - Index Server Evaluation Version File List
Q164180 - Full Application Event Log Prevents Enumeration and Indexing of Virtual Roots
Q164182 - Index Server: Error: 0x2AF9 Occurred While Running Webhits.exe
Q164183 - .HTM Files Are Indexed by Text Filter Instead of HTML Filter with Netscape Navigator as Default Browser
Q164184 - Associating Index Server File Types for Filtering
Q164883 - Internet Information Server (IIS) Version 3.0 Features
Q165340 - Change Permissions Needed on Index Server System Files
Q166357 - FP97: How to Use FrontPage with Microsoft Index Server on IIS 3.0
Q166476 - Can't Index Embedded Objects in PowerPoint Slideshow
Q170045 - Index Server META Tags Sample Page Incorrect Shows Close Comment Tag
Q170048 - Err Msg: Cannot Open the File: Queryhits.idq
Q170664 - Index Server Cannot Index a Virtual Directory if Require SSL Option Is Selected
Q170667 - Insufficient Permission Results in Index Server CGI Error
Q170870 - Err Msg: Query Is Too Expensive
Q171573 - Webhits.exe Error Message: General Access Denied
Q172018 - Index Server Will Not Filter Microsoft Word Headers or Footers
Q172019 - Index Server Cannot Filter Office 97 Documents
Q173963 - Index Server Queries Don't Run
Q173966 - How to Filter Certain Folders from Query Results
Q174248 - Index Server 1.1 Does Not Index German Compound Words
Q174776 - Index Server Queries Return Not Enough Storage Is Available Error
Q174777 - Searching for One Character Words in Index Server
Q174780 - Filtering Adobe Acrobat Files for Use with Index Server
Q177138 - INFO: Nested Transactions Not Available in ODBC/OLE DB/ADO
Q178849 - INFO: Index Server OLEDB Provider Cannot Be Installed Separately
Q179237 - PRB: Searching Phrases with Numbers in MSIDXS OLE DB Provider
Q179326 - FILE: Idxadovb.exe Uses Index Server OLE DB Provider & ADO in VB
Q179670 - HOWTO: Specifying a Catalog Name with SQL Query
Q179775 - Cannot Cancel Selection of Some Components in Small Business Server Custom Installation
Q180523 - Ifilttst.exe and Ifilttst.ini Files Missing from IFilter Documentation on January MSDN
Q181204 - FP97: Using FrontPage Search Engine Instead of MS Index Server
Q182829 - DOCERR: Prefix Expansion with Index Server OLEDB Provider 2.0
Q183034 - FP98: Navigation Bars Don't Show up on Search Results Page
Q183111 - IFilter SDK Sample Doesn't Build Under Visual C 5 SP3
Q183723 - Default NNTP Query Form Returns Blank Table Cells
Q183724 - Err Msg: The Template File Cannot Be Found in the Location Specified
Q183725 - Query Form Doesn't Provide Link to NNTP Articles
Q183731 - How to Index and Create a Catalog for a New Web Site
Q183734 - How to Create Custom Abstracts for HTML Documents
Q183737 - Index Server 2.0 Fails to Install from Add/Remove
Q183769 - Search Against Index Server May Contain Deleted Documents
Q184211 - NT Option Pack Fails to Install with Turkish Regional Settings
Q184316 - Unable to Return Custom HTML Properties in Result Set
Q184480 - FILE: Idxadovc.exe Index Server, OLE DB & ADO in Visual C++
Q184493 - INFO: Programmer's Guide to Using Index Server Provider in VC++
Q184736 - INFO: Programmer's Guide to Using Index Server Provider in VB
Q184751 - Multiple Console Problems Occur If SBS Setup Is Cancelled
Q184760 - Error: "CreateIISPackage or DeleteIISPackage, 0x8008005"
Q184901 - ASP Searches Return Documents from Non-indexed Directories
Q185383 - How to Remove IIS 4.0 and Reinstall IIS 3.0
Q185543 - No Documents Found Using FrontPage 98 & Index Server 1.1
Q185985 - Using Index Server to Query and Display META TAG Information
Q186379 - PRB: Problem Using Extended/DBCS Characters in Catalog Name
Q187501 - Different Directory Types That Can Be Added To a Catalog
Q187505 - Documents May Not Get Indexed Correctly
Q187737 - Meta Tag Properties Not Retrieved from a Query
Q188806 - ": $DATA" Data Stream Name of a File May Return Source
Q188821 - FP: Determining if Index Server or FrontPage is Performing Search
Q191147 - How to Resolve Catalog Corruption
Q193412 - PDF Files Do Not Index after Adobe Filter Is Installed
Q193693 - Queries Return Documents That No Longer Exist
Q193694 - Index Server Cannot Filter Older Office Documents
Q193886 - How to Index Physical Roots
Q194075 - FP98: How to Use FrontPage with Microsoft Index Server on IIS 3.0
Q194262 - FP98: Determining if Index Server or FrontPage is Performing Search
Q194391 - How to Integrate FrontPage 98 and Index Server
Q194484 - FP98: Using FrontPage Search Engine Instead of MS Index Server
Q194743 - Scripting Appears as Part of the Abstract in Search Results
Q195244 - Excel Files for Macintosh Locked by Index Server
Q197519 - Err Msg: Invalid Column Name Found in the Columns Property
Q198493 - INFO: Using NEAR in SQL Full-Text and MSIDXS Distributed Queries
Q198586 - How to Preload the Property Cache
Q200043 - PRB: Dashes '-' Ignored in Search with SQL Full-Text and MSIDXS Queries
Q200485 - DOC: Problems in Predefined Views in Index Server OLEDB Provider
Q201524 - Using FrontPage 2000 WAIS Search Instead of Index Server
Q201785 - HOWTO: Import FileSystem Data Using DTS and Index Server
Q201984 - Err Msg: The Procedure for Service Content Filter in DLL Qperf.dll Failed
Q203796 - Configuring FrontPage 2000 to Search Using Index Server
Q205618 - FP2000: Determining if Index Server/FrontPage is Performing Search
Q209304 - Index Server Catalog Corruption
Q214615 - SBS Manage Server Console's Online Guide Find Feature Does Not Work Properly
Q214835 - Search Returns Results From Wrong Web
Q216148 - Help on Index Server Not Available from MMC
Q216822 - PRB: Index Server: "ADO could not find the specified provider"
Q217151 - Catalog Corruption Occurs after Indexing Is Complete
Q218458 - Err Msg: CoGetClassObject, 0x80080005 Server Execution Failed
Q220598 - PRB: SQL Distributed Query with MSIDXS Provider Needs Additional Quotes
Q224831 - Tips on Upgrading from IIS 3.0 to IIS 4.0
Q227264 - Index Server Returns Inconsistent Results
Q227881 - Index Server Process Terminates Unexpectedly with Japanese Wordbreaker
Q229309 - Query May Fail for Meta Tags with Values Containing Digits
Q229722 - German Compound Word Not Found if Part of the Word Is in the Noise Word List
Q230291 - Index Server 2.0 Release Notes
Q231930 - Non-US Locales Cause Index Server Queries to Not Work
Q232369 - Abstracts Appear in Search Results if an Anchor Is Defined in Script Blocks
Q232633 - System Errors with Event ID 1008 Occur for Qperf.dll
Q232969 - INFO: Error Listing for Microsoft Index Server
Q236952 - PRB: Sort Order Has Changed with Microsoft Jet version 4.0
Q238451 - Index Server HTML Filter Loops Infinitely
Q238660 - Err Msg: No Documents Matched the Query
Q238739 - Cannot Administer Index Server 2.0 from the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) on Windows NT Workstation 4.0
Q238791 - Specifying a Catalog in ASP Code (IXSSO Query)

Last Updated on 9/2/99
By Stephen L Nicoud


23 Aug 2000

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