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Friday, June 01, 2007

SharePoint V3: MOSS 2007 Search: How to Index Lotus Notes Content

I recently configured MOSS Search to index Lotus Notes. Here is an overview of the process.

Preparation:
* Lotus Notes server name
* Lotus Notes database file name
* List of fields you want to display in search results
* Notes user logon file (e.g. user.id)
* User credentials for installing Notes client

Steps:
* Install Lotus Notes Client 6.0 to the SharePoint Index Server
* From the index server, share the c:\program files\lotus\notes\data directory allowing WSS_WPG group access
* From an existing workstation, copy a valid user id file to index server c:\program files\lotus\notes\data
* Download the Lotus C++ API Toolkit 3.0I* Extract the files* Copy lcppn30i.dll to the index server, c:\program files\microsoft office servers\12.0\bin
* Rename 1cppn30i.dll to 1cppn30.dll
* From index server, c:\program files\microsoft office servers\12.0\bin, execute notessetup.exe
* Specify the server name, database file, view, etc.
* From index server, cmd prompt, net stop osearch, then net start osearch
* SSP Admin > Search Settings > Content Sources: Configure content source for Lotus Notes
* SSP Admin > Search Settings > Scopes: Configure scope for Lotus Notes content source
* SSP Admin > Search Settings > MetaData Property Mappings: Create managed properties for those Lotus Notes properties that you want to search or display in search results
* Search Center: Configure the search web parts and search results web parts (and related xml files) to display useful field when the search result item is coming from the Lotus content source

Lessons:
* The notessetup.exe won't work with the 1cppn30i.dll file name, need to rename it to 1cppn30.dll
* I used 6.0 Notes Client, because Notes Client 6.5 did not create a data directory

References:
* Configure Office SharePoint Server Search to crawl Lotus Notes (Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Search)
*
Using SharePoint 2007 to Index Lotus
*
Secure crawls of Lotus Notes with SharePoint
*
How to Configure Search to Honor Lotus Notes Security Settings
*
MOSS2007 Search and Index Lotus Notes
*
IBM software downloads (for Lotus C++ API ToolKit)

2 comments:

TheBear said...

Did you point it at the whole server or specify individual Notes databases?

When I create multiple content sources pointing to the same Notes Server, it seems to only return results from the first one

Nicholas Bisciotti said...

I did individual notes databases.

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