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It was like pulling teeth trying to get a solution for this until I contacted my old bud Mike Gannotti, now down in Microsoft's North Carolina offices.  He supplied the key to the solution after checking on an internal discussion list. 

Of all the things I tried, I believe these steps did the trick:

  1. Install the Adobe iFilter for PDF's on the WSS front end machine.  I didn't install this on the SQL Server where the content database or configuration database live.
  2. In RegEdit, check to see if HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\12.0\Search\Setup\ContentIndexCommon\Filters\Extension\pdf is present and has a GUID for a default value (mine was {4C904448-74A9-11D0-AF6E-00C04FD8DC02})
  3. Check to see if HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\12.0\Search\Setup\Filters\.pdf is present and has:
    Default = (value not set)
    Extension = pdf
    FileTypeBucket REG_DWORD = 0x00000001 (1)
    MimeTypes = application/pdf
  4. Open the key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\12.0\Search\Applications\some GUID here\Gather\Search\Extensions\ExtensionList.  This is the part that Mike clued me in on that I've never seen documented anywhere.
    1. There should be values 0-37 (plus default).  Given that, Add a new REG_SZ value and name it 38.
    2. Set this new string value to pdf.
    3. Exit RegEdit.
  5. stop and start the Sharepoint Search Service.  (net stop spsearch, net start spsearch).

I did this and added some PDF documents, then checked after some phone calls and found that search was now finding them.  Yay!  I don't know if this applies to MOSS 2007, but WSS 3.0 is what I needed.

Posted on Friday, November 3, 2006 10:50 AM SharePoint | Back to top


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Sorry - I was too impatient. It now finds my newly-added pdf-files - but only when I seach for full words. ALso - does it only index new pdf's that I add?

Anybody knows about wildcard search in WSS3.0? If for instance I search for "applic" - how do I get to see the hits, that contain "application"??
Left by Houlind on Nov 13, 2006 3:00 AM

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Excellent post! thank you! i am sure many users (especially my blog readers ;) ) will find this post very helpful. Thank you indeed!

Regards,

S.S. Ahmed
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Left by S.S. Ahmed on Nov 15, 2006 1:26 AM

# Enabling PDF search in WSS3 (B2TR)
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Install the Adobe iFilter for PDF's on the WSS front end machine.  I didn't install this on the...
Left by All About SharePoint on Nov 15, 2006 1:31 AM

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I am not able to search for text with pdf document on MOSS 2007 beta 2 TR. I tried the above solution but still its not working.
Left by JShah on Nov 20, 2006 11:33 PM

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Excellent! Thank you for a very helpful post.
Left by RikkyH on Nov 29, 2006 5:02 AM

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Thanks for saving our lives as well. This is confirmed to be working in WSS 3.0 RTM as well. Bonus to RTM: that the line in the document with the search term will show up with the term highlighted. In B2TR, only the first few lines of the document were displayed. - Nathan
Left by Nathan on Nov 29, 2006 11:59 AM

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Oh my freakin' G@d! I've wrestled with this issue all day until I stumbled across your post, which worked immediately! Most documentation on the web concerns SPS, not WSS. Thank you so much! Plus, I can now confirm that this works in WSS 3.0 release, not just beta or RTM.
Left by Randy on Nov 29, 2006 4:34 PM

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Thank you so much 10 secs to implement rather than cray over this matter for days...
Left by Dominique on Dec 05, 2006 6:25 PM

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Thank You Stan, and even Thank Michael Gannoti. Its the only post covering deployment of pdf IFilter for WSS. It sends shills down the spine as one opens registry and finds the pdf entry missing.
Left by Shailendra on Dec 06, 2006 11:05 PM

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This one works for WSS 3.0 released version as well.
Left by Shailendra on Dec 06, 2006 11:07 PM

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I still can't get it to work. Any variations that have to be done for x64?
Left by Kerry on Dec 07, 2006 9:41 PM

# re: WSS 3.0BetaTR PDF search configuration and setup
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x64 isn't supported because the Adobe PDR iFilter only comes in a 32-bit flavor. If there was a 64-bit version, it probably would.
Left by Stan Spotts on Dec 07, 2006 9:51 PM

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Step five directs the following:

"stop and start the Sharepoint Search Service.
(net stop spsearch, net start spsearch)."

How do i do this? I thought I was reading it as command line instructions, but that doesn't appear to be what it means. How do I execute the stop and start of the SP search service?

Oh man, if this actually works... then you're my hero.

Thanks
Left by Rob on Jan 23, 2007 4:46 PM

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Brilliant, worked like a charm. PDFs are fully read on WSS 3.0 and it looks great.
Thanks!
Left by Sammy on Jan 26, 2007 1:31 PM

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has anyone found that the search is bringing up Word Document in front of the pdf file name and the extention at the end is .doc. The icon and searching are perfect. Also when I send a pdf through email to a list the search displays the email rather than the pdf document
Left by marty on Jan 28, 2007 10:37 PM

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I figured with all the issues that occur after doing this it is important to restart your server as well as re create any sites that use a pdf as a document
Left by marty on Jan 29, 2007 12:16 AM

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something that should be noted is that this will only pick up new pdfs. if you wish to pick up pdfs that are already on the server you must then rebuild your search catalogs.
Left by grayghost on Feb 03, 2007 10:31 PM

# Enabling PDF search in WSS3 (B2TR)
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Install the Adobe iFilter for PDF's on the WSS front end machine. I didn't install this on the SQL Server
Left by All About SharePoint on Mar 11, 2007 5:39 AM

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Cool this works on WSS3 rtm.

There is also a step by step guide posted by Mike Walsh to include PDF icon. (Sorry, I forgot the url).

For it to work I also had to grant wss_admin access to the icon file due to security restrictions.
Left by Alvin on Apr 01, 2007 10:58 PM

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I had to run a IISRESET on the server (after following this guide) to make the PDF icon appear. But only in the list display of the document. When I do searches on it, the Search Results list shows it with an IE icon. Any clue as to why and what to do?
Left by Maurizio on Apr 11, 2007 4:59 AM

# Why WSS 3.0 x64 and MOSS 2007 x64... What's the deal?
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Well the MOSS 2007 x64 downloads are available via MSDN and MVLS. On MSDN, the ISO contains both x86
Left by Joel Oleson's SharePoint Land on May 08, 2007 3:29 AM

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Hi, thanks so much for the article!!!!

I followed the direction but I still couldn't find the PDF document which I added before I went through the steps to modify the registry key. So what I have done is that after I updated the registry, I deleted the existing PDF from the Sharepoint Document Center and then reuploaded it, then indexed the site, and now it is finding the content inside of the document. Hope this helps!
Left by Philip on May 09, 2007 10:32 AM

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If you find these steps haven't worked, before step 5 where you restart the spsearch service, upload some PDF's.

I was deleting all the PDF's before compeleting the steps and they would not appear after uploading them again. Thankfully I found this technet article that had the additional step of uploading a PDF before restarting the service - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927675/en-us
Left by Courtney Miles on Jul 04, 2007 11:54 PM

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In Response to Marty (1/28/07) the title that shows in search will be the title in the properties page of the PDF document.

Left by Chris Carter on Jul 26, 2007 8:55 PM

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Thank you so much - this really saved my day :) . However my boss now read about the option to use a dedicated server that does nothing but searching and indexing.

Question: where do I put the ifilter + registry stuff now? Frontend server or the dedicated search server?

thanks for your help

Chris
Left by Chris on Aug 20, 2007 10:49 AM

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Thank you Soooo much. I spent 2&1/2 hours on the phone with Microsoft today and it still didn't work. Your solution took all of 5 minutes and instantly I'm seeing the results I needed.
Left by DonB on Jan 18, 2008 4:30 PM

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thanx docs
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Thank you... :)
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nice article brother, i will try this.. thankz for share my friend.


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Thank you
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Thank You.
Left by TRsohbet on May 03, 2009 5:00 AM

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Thanks for saving our lives as well. This is confirmed to be working in WSS 3.0 RTM as well. Bonus to RTM: that the line in the document with the search term will show up with the term highlighted. In B2TR, only the first few lines of the document were displayed.
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Thank You Admin
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Thank You Admin
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