How to register Microsoft Filter Pack IFilters with SQL Server

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SUMMARY

This article describes how to register Microsoft Filter Pack IFilters with Microsoft SQL Server. After you register the IFilters, you can enable additional file types for SQL Server to index and perform full-text search. These additional file types include the file types that are supported by the 2007 Microsoft Office system and the 2010 Microsoft Office system.

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To register Filter Pack IFilters, follow these steps:
  1. To download and install Microsoft Filter Packs, visit the following Microsoft websites:

    Microsoft Office 2007 Filter Packs
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=60C92A37-719C-4077-B5C6-CAC34F4227CC

    Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=5cd4dcd7-d3e6-4970-875e-aba93459fbee
    Note The architecture of the Filter Pack must match the operating system architecture. For example, you must install the x86 version of the Filter Pack for x86-based operating systems.
  2. Start SQL Server Management Studio.
  3. In SQL Server Management Studio, select the instance in which you want to enable IFilters, and then run the following command in that instance:
    sp_fulltext_service 'load_os_resources', 1
  4. If you are running SQL Server 2008, go to Step 5. If you are running SQL Server 2005, stop and restart the msftesql service. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. At a command prompt, type the following command and then press Enter:
      net stop msftesql
      Note To stop the msftesql service for a specific instance, run the following command:
      net stop msftesql$ instance_name
    2. At a command prompt, type the following command and then press Enter:
      net start msftesql
      Note To start the msftesql service for a specific instance, run the following command:
      net start msftesql$ instance _name
  5. Restart the SQL Server service.

    Note This step is not necessary if you installed a Microsoft Office 2010 filter pack.
Supported file types

The following file types are supported by the Office 2007 Filter Pack:
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.docx.docm.pptx.pptm.xlsx
.xlsm.xlsb.zip.one.vdx
.vsd.vss.vst.vsx.vtx
The following file types are supported by the Office 2010 Filter Pack:
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.docx.docm.dotx.pptx.pptm.xlsx
.xlsm.zip.html.doc.xls.ppt
.dot.vss.vsd.vst.vdx.vsx
.vtx.vdw.one.odt.odp.ods
.msg.pub

REFERENCES

For more information about how to use SQL Server Management Studio, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) website:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms174173.aspx

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Article ID: 945934 - Last Review: July 9, 2012 - Revision: 6.0
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