IFilterShop RAR IFilter Server Edition Release 2.0 README

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General Information

RAR IFilter is a plug-in that allows Microsoft Search products and services to index RAR archives, enabling customers to search and organize their content. RAR IFilter extracts all valuable information from files stored inside RAR archive. This information includes archived directory names, list of archived files, archived files' metadata and content. RAR IFilter also supports recursive indexing of RAR files included in the archive.

RAR IFilter supports Indexing Service, SharePoint Portal Server, SQL Server Full-Text Search, Window Search Service and all other products based on Microsoft Search technology.


System Requirements

RAR IFilter supports the following Microsoft server operating systems:

RAR IFilter supports the following Microsoft desktop operating systems:

RAR IFilter supports the following Microsoft Search products


Information Retrieval

RAR IFilter indexes files within RAR archives. Out of the box RAR IFilter indexes archived Microsoft Office, HTML and plain text files. For other file types it may invoke appropriate IFilters. Its functionality can be further extended by installing IFilters from IFilterShop or other providers. RAR IFilter supports recursive indexing of RAR files included in the archive.

RAR IFilter outputs names of directories and files stored in RAR archive as text content of RAR file. Text content is defined as standard Indexing Service "Contents" property with Property Set GUID = {B725F130-47EF-101A-A5F102608C9EEBAC} (PropertyStorage) and Property Name = 19 (0x13).


Installation Instructions

Setup file is a self-extracting archive that must be downloaded and opened on the machine where you wish to use RAR IFilter.

  1. Stop all appropriate Search services.
  2. Uninstall any previous version of RAR IFilter.
  3. Start setup file and follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. Start all appropriate Search services.
  5. Re-index catalogs containing RAR files.


Additional Setup Steps

Some Microsoft Search products require additional setup steps as described below:

Search Server 2010:

  1. In SharePoint Central Administration go to "General Application Settings" page
  2. In the "Search" section click on "Farm Search Administration"
  3. Click on " Search Service Application" link
  4. On the left side menu select "File Types"
  5. Add rar extension to the list of indexable file types
  6. Restart Office SharePoint Server Search service

SharePoint Server 2010:

  1. In SharePoint Central Administration go to "General Application Settings" page
  2. In the "Search" section click on "Farm-Wide Search Administration"
  3. Click on " Search Service Application" link
  4. On the left side menu select "File Types"
  5. Add rar extension to the list of indexable file types
  6. Restart SharePoint Server Search 14 service

SharePoint 2013 or later:

  1. In SharePoint Central Administration go to "General Application Settings" page
  2. In the "Search" section click on "Farm Search Administration"
  3. Click on " Search Service Application" link
  4. On the left side menu select "File Types"
  5. Add rar extension to the list of Managed File Types
  6. Restart SharePoint Search Host Controller service

Microsoft SQL Server:

  1. Restart SQL Server service
  2. Perform a Full Population

Windows Search:

When integrated with Windows Search, RAR IFilter uses a temporary directory to process RAR archives. Due to Windows Search security restrictions, IFilters are not able to utilize the default system temporary directory. Therefore, RAR IFilter must be set to work with a user specified temporary directory. To change the RAR IFilter temporary directory's settings:

  1. Stop Windows Search service.
  2. Open registry key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\IFilterShop\RarFilter"
  3. Add new String value named "TempPath" and enter the full path to the new temporary directory. If this value is missing, empty or the path is not pointing to a valid directory, system temporary directory will be used. Please make sure that "Users" or "Authenticated Users" Group has "Full Control" permissions to the custom temporary directory.
  4. Start Windows Search service.
When using custom temporary directory, we recommend that you set it as "not indexable" in all your indexing products. Otherwise temporary files may be indexed. This will pollute the index and also can prevent temporary files from proper removal by RAR IFilter.


How to Uninstall

If you ever have to uninstall RAR IFilter application you can easily do it using any of the following methods:


Known Issues

RAR files are not searchable with Windows Search

Custom temporary directory has to be configured as described in "Additional Setup Steps" for Windows Search section above.


What's new in this version

Version 2.0

Version 1.4

Version 1.3

Version 1.2

Version 1.1


Contact Information

WWW:
http://www.ifiltershop.com
E-mail:
support@ifiltershop.com