Microsoft Office 2010 basically includes Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, and also lots of other apps such as OneNote 2010, Visio 2010, Publisher 2010, as well. The contents of these apps are not indexable actually. This is where Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs actually come in. In this article, we are going to talk about Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs. Let’s begin!
Microsoft has also released the Office 2010(Beta) Filter Packs, which provides a single point-of-distribution of Office IFilters. Well, according to Microsoft, “IFilters are actually components that permit search services to index content of specific file types. That lets you search for content in those files”.
They are intended to be used along with Microsoft Search Services(SharePoint, SQL, Exchange, Windows Search). Please also note that MS has released the filter pack for free to be used along with Office 2010 beta only.
Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs
The filter pack basically includes:
- Legacy Office Filter (97-2003; .doc, .ppt, .xls)
- Metro Office Filter (2007; .docx, .pptx, .xlsx)
- Zip Filter
- OneNote filter
- Visio Filter
- Publisher Filter
- Open Document Format Filter
Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are also available for download. It works along with Windows XP(SP2 and SP3), Windows Vista(SP1), Windows Server 2003(SP2), Windows Server 2008 RC2, and Windows 7 as well.
Does installing or updating an IFilter need reindexing of mailbox databases?
Updating the filter pack does not really need a recrawl of mailbox databases on Exchange 2010 or Exchange 2007. You do not have to reset the search index after updating search filters actually.
Whenever Exchange Search comes across a file format it doesn’t really have a search filter for it. It marks the document as failed and the failure code FILTER_NOT_FOUND actually. On Exchange 2010 Mailbox servers, whenever you later install a filter for the file format, rather than having to crawl all mailbox databases again, Exchange Search simply refers to the list of failed documents along with the FILTER_NOT_FOUND error code. And only indexes documents for the file format that corresponds to the new search filter you guys just installed.
Well, on Exchange 2007 Mailbox servers, if you install a new filter for a file format for which no filter was installed on that server, that you will need to reset the search index in order to recrawl the mailbox databases. You can also do this through using the ResetSearchIndex.ps1 script found in the \Scripts folder.
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