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Installing PDF IFilter on W2K8

  Asked By: Mohammad    Date: Apr 28    Category: MOSS    Views: 1463

I have been having a heck of a time trying to get PDFs to index on my
MOSS 2003 SP1 farm that is on the W2K8 Enterprise OS.

I have tried a few approaches and none have worked.

I would like to eliminate W2K8 as the issue, so my question is has
anyone installed the PDF IFilter on W2K8 with MOSS 2007? If so, what
procedure did you follow to install it and did you have any issues?

I have attempted:

1. Installing Acrobat Reader 9.0 on all farm servers. Also
added .pdf file type. Performed a full crawl. If I search for the
term 'pdf' I get a list of the pdfs in my sites. This makes sense
since the file name contains 'pdf'. Examining the crawl log shows
the pdf files as being hit.

2. Uninstalled Acrobat Reader 9.0 from all farm servers. Installed
Acrobat Reader 8.0 and followed the instructions from this site:
This basically gave me the same results as #1.

My next thought is to install just the IFilter 6.0 version, but I
thought I would check here first.

Any thoughts?



12 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Courtney Scott     Answered On: Apr 28

Are you running 32bit or 64bit?

Answer #2    Answered By: Jagdeep Hor     Answered On: Apr 28


Answer #3    Answered By: Aja Howe     Answered On: Apr 28

I would recommend reviewing your SharePoint logs (C:\program
files\common files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\logs) and
doing a search on ERROR. Also, consider reviewing the following at

Answer #4    Answered By: Cecil Mckenzie     Answered On: Apr 28

I'm having trouble getting the Adobe PDF iFilter to work on Windows Server 2008
x64. (Logs are unhelpful.) We may have to bite the bullet and buy Foxit if I
can't get Adobe to work.

Answer #5    Answered By: Jaclyn Gordon     Answered On: Apr 28

I have the iFilter working with SPS2003, but have not tried it in 2007
yet. Here is the article I had bookmarked for when that time  comes:


Answer #6    Answered By: Bhupendra Bajpai     Answered On: Apr 28

I've tried that. It doesn't work with MOSS 2007, Windows Server 2008 x64.

Answer #7    Answered By: Marianne Vance     Answered On: Apr 28

It's been a while, but I've never come across anyone who was happy with the
Adobe x64 iFilter.

Purely anecdotal evidence, you understand, but I can tell you that the Foxit
product works well.

Answer #8    Answered By: Aayushman Kanvinde     Answered On: Apr 28

I can't get to it today ...but I'll give it a go in my environment.

Answer #9    Answered By: Edgardo Atkins     Answered On: Apr 28

I'm using the Adobe 32-bit filter in a 64-bit windows server 2008 / MOSS 2007
farm with no problems. I used the guidance from Adobe Labs mentioned below.

Answer #10    Answered By: Kamal Mayachari     Answered On: Apr 28

Are you using the 8.1 or 9.0 iFilter???????

Answer #11    Answered By: Kelsie Terrell     Answered On: Apr 28

What version of Adobe iFilter are you using? I believe the new version 8.0 is
compatible with 64-bit. I recently installed 6.0 on 32-bit using the
instructions on the link below and did not have any issues. blog.tylerholmes.com/.../...ling-adobe-v6-pdf.html

Answer #12    Answered By: Alka Sarabhai     Answered On: Apr 28

Here is an update on the issue. My environment is 32-bit with two
WFE and one application server. Rechecked the installing  of Acrobat
Reader 8.0 following instructions at

I noticed that I did not select a Windows Sharepoint Services search
server on Manage Content Database Settings page. So I selected my
search server. I don't understand the reason for this, especially
since I only have one search server.

I performed a full crawl and again Acrobat docs were not showing up
in a search query.

Next, I decided to remove the content database and reattach it. I
set the search server once again and reset all crawled content. Then
performed another full crawl.

Success. Finally PDFs are showing up in my search results.

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