How do I configure Index Server catalogs?

A. Index server is VERY picky about the order in which events are done with new catalogs when linked to a web site. I had this very problem when moving the NT FAQ and searches from an IDQ file were failing. The correct order of events under Index Server 2.0 are as follows:

  1. Make sure that the Web site has been created in the Internet Information Server snap-in.
  2. In the Index Server snap-in, create a new catalog. After the catalog has been created, view the properties for it.
  3. On the Web tab, select the Web site that you want to index, and click OK.
  4. Go back to the Internet Information Server snap-in, and select Properties on the Web site you are indexing.
  5. On the Home Directory tab, select the Index This Directory check box, and click OK.
  6. Stop the Index server, and then restart it. The new catalog should come online and begin indexing the new Web site.

On the Windows 2000 version perform the following:

  1. Make sure that the Web site has been created in the Internet Information Server snap-in.
  2. In the Index Server snap-in, create a new catalog. After the catalog has been created, view the properties for it. On the Tracking tab, select the Web site that you want to index from the WWW Server pull-down menu, and then click OK.
  3. Go back to the Internet Information Server snap-in, and select Properties on the Web site you are indexing.
  4. On the Home Directory tab, select the Index This Resource check box, and click OK.
  5. Stop and restart the catalog to begin indexing of the new site (if you have problems try restarting the entire index service but this should not be necessary in Windows 2000).

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