Installation Guide for Search & Preview.

Before beginning the installation, please take a moment to review the hardware and software requirements in the document called “Hardware and Software Requirements for Ontolica”. It outlines the requirements and prerequisites for all Ontolica products.

To install the Ontolica Suite or individual solutions, run the Setup.exe program from the main folder of the installation package on one of the Web front-end servers in your SharePoint farm, preferably where the SharePoint Central Administration site is hosted. Please note, the Ontolica Preview solution requires the Ontolica Search solution also to be installed. Uninstalling the Ontolica Search solution automatically uninstalls the Ontolica Preview solution. Ontolica solutions can be installed to some or all Web applications that exist in a SharePoint farm. Ontolica features will be available only to those Web applications to which they are deployed.

To deploy an Ontolica solution to an additional Web application at a later time go to Central Administration > System Settings > Manage farm solutions. Click on an Ontolica WSP solution file to be deployed. On the Solution Properties page click the Deploy Solution link to deploy the solution to a selected Web application.

The Ontolica Preview solution requires the Ontolica Preview Gatherer and Conversion services to be installed. Installer for these services is located in the Preview Back-end Installer folder. These services handle crawling, creating preview images of documents, extracting text, as well as the live creation of preview images for documents with highlighting search terms. You need to run this installer on one of the farm servers and install the Gatherer service. It is recommended to install it on an application server. Furthermore, one or more conversion services need to be installed. They can either be located on the farm or on servers outside the farm. Please verify that the installed conversion services are registered by Ontolica, by logging into the Central Administration and go to “General Application Settings -> Manage Ontolica Modules -> Manage Load Balancing”.

These services must be running for the proper operation of the Ontolica Preview.
(See the Ontolica Preview section below).

Please note that this Quick Start Guide is not the full documentation of the Ontolica products. For the complete documentation please visit


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