How to register Microsoft Filter Pack with SharePoint Server 2007 and with Search Server 2008

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INTRODUCTION

This article describes how to register Microsoft Filter Pack with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and with Microsoft Search Server 2008. After you register Microsoft Filter Pack, you can enable additional file types to be indexed by the SharePoint 2007 search service.

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Step 1: Install Microsoft Filter Pack

The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
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The open and read operations of an IFilter are performed on a Search server that runs the Index role. Therefore, Microsoft Filter Pack must be installed on the farm's Index server. For more information about how to install the Microsoft Filter Pack, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=60C92A37-719C-4077-B5C6-CAC34F4227CC

Step 2: Add file types

SharePoint Server 2007

After you have installed Microsoft Filter Pack, add the file types that you want on a SharePoint Server 2007 computer. For information about how to do this, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc261843.aspx

Search Server 2008

To add file types that you want to be indexed after you have installed Microsoft Filter Pack on a computer that is running Search Server 2008, follow these steps.

Important You must be a Search Service administrator to follow these steps.
  1. On the Search Administration page, click File Types under Crawling.
  2. On the Manage File Types page, click New File Type.
  3. On the Add File Type page, type the file name extension in the File extension box for the file type that you want to add.

    For example, to search for Microsoft Office Word documents, type doc.

    Important Do not include the period (.) character in front of the file name extension.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 for each file type that you want to add.
The following table contains all the filters. These include the filters that are already added to the list and the filters that have not been added to the list:
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File TypeAlready added?
DocmYes
DocxYes
PptmYes
PptxYes
XlsmYes
XlsxYes
XlsbNo
ZipNo
OneNo
VsdYes
VssYes
VstYes
VdxYes
VsxYes
VtxYes

Step 3: Add the required registry information

Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  2. In Registry Editor, locate the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office Server\12.0\Search\Setup\ContentIndexCommon\Filters\Extension\
  3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Key.
  4. Type .xlsb, and then press ENTER
  5. Right-click the registry entry that you created, and then click Modify.
  6. In the Value data box, copy and paste the following information, and then click OK:
    {312AB530-ECC9-496E-AE0E-C9E6C5392499}
  7. Repeat steps 2 through 6 to add the following subkeys:

    Note This step is required only for the filters that are not already registered.
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    KeyValueAlready registered?
    .Docx{5A98B233-3C59-4B31-944C-0E560D85E6C3}Yes
    .Pptm{DDFE337F-4987-4EC8-BDE3-133FA63D5D85}Yes
    .Pptx{DDFE337F-4987-4EC8-BDE3-133FA63D5D85}Yes
    .Xlsm{F90DFE0C-CBDF-41FF-8598-EDD8F222A2C8}Yes
    .Xlsx{F90DFE0C-CBDF-41FF-8598-EDD8F222A2C8}Yes
    .Xlsb{312AB530-ECC9-496E-AE0E-C9E6C5392499}Yes
    .Zip{20E823C2-62F3-4638-96BD-90F4F6784EBC}No
    .One{B8D12492-CE0F-40AD-83EA-099A03D493F1}No
    .Vsd{FAEA5B46-761B-400E-B53E-E805A97A543E}No
    .Vss{FAEA5B46-761B-400E-B53E-E805A97A543E}No
    .Vst{FAEA5B46-761B-400E-B53E-E805A97A543E}No
    .Vdx{FAEA5B46-761B-400E-B53E-E805A97A543E}No
    .Vsx{FAEA5B46-761B-400E-B53E-E805A97A543E}No
    .Vtx{FAEA5B46-761B-400E-B53E-E805A97A543E}No

Step 4: Restart the SharePoint 2007 search service

To restart the service, follow these steps:

Important If you restart the computer before you follow these steps, the registry changes will not persist.
  1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
  2. At the command prompt, type net stop osearch, and then press ENTER.
  3. At the command prompt, type net start osearch, and then press ENTER.
  4. Type exit, and then press ENTER to exit the command prompt.

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Article ID: 946336 - Last Review: March 17, 2008 - Revision: 2.1
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