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  • Question

  • Hi Experts,

    In a case of two FS4sSP installation, 1st set up is a fully configured machine serving search results. 2nd set up is a brand new one with zero content, All with the default configuration. If I have to move only the contents from the 1st box to the 2nd and make them searchable what would be the necessary migration steps. I don't want new contents to be indexed into the 2nd box, I just want the contents.

    Will a fixml copy and resetindex work on the 2nd box? Should I do any config changes before the resetindex? Should I have all the managed property created in my 2nd box also?

    Much Thanks!!


    Freddie Maize ..A story with Glory is History. Doesn’t matter whether Glory rest in the world of Demon or God. Lets create History..

    Tuesday, November 8, 2011 7:53 AM

Answers

  • Hi freddie,

    You are right that you need the managed properties moved. Your new FAST server, is it attached to a separate SharePoint farm or the same one? Trying to figure out your use case here.

    If we look past usage etc you have at least two options.

    1. Using the backup and restore PowerShell scripts which come with FS4SP (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff460221.asp)

    2. Do a config backup/restore, and refeed the fixml files.

    For the second option backup with the "config" option and restore with "configmigrate". Next on the new system use the undocumented

    FIXMLfeeder --FIXMLdir=<FIXMLBackupFolder>

    to refeed the fixml.

    Regards,
    Mikael Svenson 

     


    Search Enthusiast - SharePoint MVP/WCF4/ASP.Net4
    http://techmikael.blogspot.com/
    • Marked as answer by freddieMaize Wednesday, November 9, 2011 8:33 AM
    Tuesday, November 8, 2011 11:29 AM

All replies

  • Hi freddie,

    You are right that you need the managed properties moved. Your new FAST server, is it attached to a separate SharePoint farm or the same one? Trying to figure out your use case here.

    If we look past usage etc you have at least two options.

    1. Using the backup and restore PowerShell scripts which come with FS4SP (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff460221.asp)

    2. Do a config backup/restore, and refeed the fixml files.

    For the second option backup with the "config" option and restore with "configmigrate". Next on the new system use the undocumented

    FIXMLfeeder --FIXMLdir=<FIXMLBackupFolder>

    to refeed the fixml.

    Regards,
    Mikael Svenson 

     


    Search Enthusiast - SharePoint MVP/WCF4/ASP.Net4
    http://techmikael.blogspot.com/
    • Marked as answer by freddieMaize Wednesday, November 9, 2011 8:33 AM
    Tuesday, November 8, 2011 11:29 AM
  • >>is it attached to a separate SharePoint farm

    Hi Mikael,

    Yes, totally a new instance all together.

    Thanks for the reply Mike. Shall try them out!!


    Freddie Maize ..A story with Glory is History. Doesn’t matter whether Glory rest in the world of Demon or God. Lets create History..
    Tuesday, November 8, 2011 1:40 PM
  • Hi,

    just want to point out that indexing will be "out of sync" with this separate instance, as the crawlerdb exists for the other FS4SP deployment. But I'm sure you are aware of that :)

    If you wanted them somewhat linked you could add the new server as a second search row.. having data automatically duplicated.

    -m


    Search Enthusiast - SharePoint MVP/WCF4/ASP.Net4
    http://techmikael.blogspot.com/
    Tuesday, November 8, 2011 2:25 PM
  • Hi Mike,

    Thanks for the reponse!! And I had to say, you make this forum a much reliable place :)

    Back to topic, I have my applicantion (web part and stuffs) team site in a different place outside my network so I have to move my fixml/index data to their installation so they can use it to hook up their UI and work on it. The team is complicated set up but its unfortunately out of my hands :( so was wondering about ways to migrate searchable data with minimal work.

    Much Thanks!!


    Freddie Maize ..A story with Glory is History. Doesn’t matter whether Glory rest in the world of Demon or God. Lets create History..
    Tuesday, November 8, 2011 2:40 PM