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Deploy Office Forms Server 2007 in a server farm environment

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Updated: May 21, 2009

Applies To: Office Forms Server 2007

 

Topic Last Modified: 2009-05-11

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ImportantImportant:
This article discusses how to perform a clean installation of Microsoft Office Forms Server 2007 in a server farm environment.
NoteNote:
This article does not cover installing Office Forms Server 2007 on a single computer as a stand-alone installation. For more information, see Deploy Office Forms Server 2007 on a stand-alone computer.

You can deploy Office Forms Server 2007 in a server farm environment if you are hosting a large number of sites, if you want the best possible performance, or if you want the scalability of a multi-tier topology. A server farm consists of one or more servers dedicated to running the Office Forms Server 2007 application.

NoteNote:
There is no direct upgrade from a stand-alone installation to a farm installation.

Because a server farm deployment of Office Forms Server 2007 is more complex than a stand-alone deployment, we recommend that you plan your deployment. Planning your deployment can help you to gather the information you need and to make important decisions before beginning to deploy. For information about planning, see Overview: Plan InfoPath Forms Services (Office Forms Server).

Note   Office Forms Server 2007 is based on Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, and therefore, this article makes reference to several Office SharePoint Server 2007 planning and deployment topics.

Server farm environments can encompass a wide range of topologies and can include as few as two servers or many servers.

A server farm typically consists of a database server running either Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or Microsoft SQL Server 2000 with SP3a or later, and one or more servers running Internet Information Services (IIS) and Office Forms Server 2007. In this configuration the front-end servers are configured as Web servers. The Web server role provides Web content and services such as search.

A large server farm typically consists of two or more clustered database servers, several load-balanced front-end Web servers running IIS and Office Forms Server 2007, and two or more servers providing search services.

This section provides information about actions that you must perform before you begin deployment.

  • To deploy Office Forms Server 2007 in a server farm environment, you must provide credentials for several different accounts. For information about these accounts, see Plan for authentication (Windows SharePoint Services).

  • You must install Office Forms Server 2007 on the same drive on all load-balanced front-end Web server computers.

  • All the instances of Office Forms Server 2007 in the farm must be in the same language. For example, you cannot have both an English version of Office Forms Server 2007 and a Japanese version of Office Forms Server 2007 in the same farm.

  • You must install Office Forms Server 2007 on a clean installation of the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating system with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or later. If you uninstall a previous version of Office Forms Server 2007, and then install Office Forms Server 2007, Setup might fail to create the configuration database and the installation will fail.

NoteNote:
We recommend that you read the Known Issues/Readme documentation before you install Office Forms Server 2007 on a domain controller. Installing Office Forms Server 2007 on a domain controller requires additional configuration steps that are not discussed in this article.

The deployment process consists of two phases: deploying and configuring the server infrastructure and deploying and configuring SharePoint site collections and sites.

Deploying and configuring the server infrastructure consists of the following steps:

  • Preparing the database server.

  • Pre-installing databases [Optional].

  • Verifying that the servers meet hardware and software requirements.

  • Running Setup on all servers you want to be in the farm, including running the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard.

  • Starting the Windows SharePoint Services Search service.

Creating and configuring a Shared Services Provider (SSP) consists of the following steps:

  • Creating a Web application and the SSP.

Deploying and configuring SharePoint site collations and sites consists of the following steps:

  • Creating a site collection.

  • Creating a SharePoint site.

The database server computer must be running Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or Microsoft SQL Server 2000 with Service Pack 3a (SP3a) or later.

The Office Forms Server 2007 Setup program automatically creates the necessary databases when you install and configure Office Forms Server 2007. Optionally, you can preinstall the required databases if your IT environment or policies require this.

For more information about prerequisites, see Determine hardware and software requirements (Office SharePoint Server).

If you are using SQL Server 2005, you must also change the surface area settings.

Configure surface area settings in SQL Server 2005
  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft SQL Server 2005, point to Configuration Tools, and then click SQL Server Surface Area Configuration.

  2. In the SQL Server 2005 Surface Area Configuration dialog box, click Surface Area Configuration for Services and Connections.

  3. In the tree view, expand the node for your instance of SQL Server, expand the Database Engine node, and then click Remote Connections.

  4. Select Local and Remote Connections, select Using both TCP/IP and named pipes, and then click OK.

The SQL Server collation must be configured for case-insensitive. The SQL Server database collation must be configured for case-insensitive, accent-sensitive, Kana-sensitive, and width-sensitive. This is used to ensure file name uniqueness consistent with the Windows operating system. For more information about collations, see "Selecting a SQL Collation" or "Collation Settings in Setup" in SQL Server Books Online.

The following table describes the accounts that are used to configure Microsoft SQL Server and to install Office Forms Server 2007. For more information about the required accounts, including specific privileges required for these accounts, see Plan for administrative and service accounts (Windows SharePoint Services).

 

Login Notes

Setup user account

The account that is used to run Setup on each server computer.

Farm search service account

The service account for the Windows SharePoint Services Search service. There is only one instance of this service in the server farm.

Application pool process account

Used to access content databases associated with the Web application.

In many IT environments, database creation and management is handled by the Database Administrator (DBA). Security and other policies might require that the DBA create the databases required by Office Forms Server 2007. For more information about preinstalling databases, including detailed procedures that describe how the DBA can create these databases, see Deploy using DBA-created databases (Windows SharePoint Services).

Before you install and configure Office Forms Server 2007, be sure that your servers have the recommended hardware and software. To deploy a server farm, you need at least one server computer acting as a Web server and an application server, and one server computer acting as a database server. For more information about these requirements, see Determine hardware and software requirements (Office SharePoint Server).

Go to the Microsoft Download Center Web site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=72322&clcid=0x409), and on the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Redistributable Package page, follow the instructions for downloading and installing the Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.0. There are separate downloads for x86-based computers and x64-based computers. Be sure to download and install the appropriate version for your computer. The Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.0 download contains the Windows Workflow Foundation technology, which is required by workflow features.

You must enable ASP.NET 2.0 on all servers

Enable ASP.NET 2.0
  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.

  2. In the IIS Manager tree, click the plus sign (+) next to the server name, and then click the Web Service Extensions folder.

  3. In the details pane, click ASP.NET v2.0.50727, and then click Allow.

Run Setup and then the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard on all your farm servers. Adding servers to the farm can be done at any time to add redundancy, such as additional load-balanced Web servers.

NoteNote:
We recommend that you run Setup on all the servers that will be in the farm before you configure the farm.

When you install Office Forms Server 2007 on the first server, you establish the farm. Any additional servers that you add must be joined to this farm.

Setting up the first server involves two steps: installing the Office Forms Server 2007 components on the server and configuring the farm. After Setup finishes, you can use the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard to configure Office Forms Server 2007. The SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard automates several configuration tasks, including: installing and configuring the configuration database, installing Office Forms Server 2007 services, and creating the Central Administration Web site.

We recommend that you install and configure Office Forms Server 2007 on all of your farm servers before you configure Office Forms Server 2007 services and create sites. You must have SQL Server running on at least one back-end database server before you install Office Forms Server 2007 on your farm servers.

NoteNote:
Setup installs the Central Administration Web site on the first server on which you run Setup. Therefore, we recommend that the first server on which you install Office Forms Server 2007 is a server from which you want to run the Central Administration Web site.
Run Setup on the first server
  1. From the product disc, run Setup.exe, or from the product download, run Officeserver.exe, on one of your Web server computers.

  2. On the Enter your Product Key page, enter your product key, and then click Continue.

NoteNote:
Setup automatically verifies the product key, places a green check mark next to the text box, and enables the Continue button after it validates the key. If the key is not valid, Setup displays a red circle next to the text box and prompts you that the key is incorrect.
  1. On the Read the Microsoft Software License Terms page, review the terms, select the I accept the terms of this agreement check box, and then click Continue.

  2. On the Choose the installation you want page, click Advanced. The Basic option is for stand-alone installations.

  3. On the Server Type tab, click Web Front End. The Stand-alone option is for stand-alone installations.

  4. Optionally, to install Office Forms Server 2007 at a custom location, select the Data Location tab, and then type the location name or Browse to the location.

  5. Optionally, to participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program, select the Feedback tab and select the option you want. To learn more about the program, click the link. You must have an Internet connection to view the program information.

  6. When you have chosen the correct options, click Install Now.

  7. When Setup finishes, a dialog box appears that prompts you to complete the configuration of your server. Be sure that the Run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard now check box is selected.

  8. Click Close to start the configuration wizard. Instructions for completing the wizard are provided in the next set of steps.

After Setup finishes, you can use the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard to configure Office Forms Server 2007. The configuration wizard automates several configuration tasks, including: installing and configuring the configuration database, installing Office Forms Server 2007 services, and creating the Central Administration Web site. Use the following instructions to run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard.

Run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard
  1. On the Welcome to SharePoint Products and Technologies page, click Next.

  2. Click Yes in the dialog box that notifies you that some services might need to be restarted during configuration.

  3. On the Connect to a server farm page, click No, I want to create a new server farm, and then click Next.

  4. In the Specify Configuration Database Settings dialog box, in the Database server box, type the name of the computer that is running SQL Server.

  5. Type a name for your configuration database in the Database name box, or use the default database name. The default name is "SharePoint_Config".

  6. In the User name box, type the user name of the Server farm account. (Be sure to type the user name in the format DOMAIN\username.)

    ImportantImportant:
    This account is the Server farm account and is used to access your SharePoint configuration database. It also acts as the application pool identity for the SharePoint Central Administration application pool and it is the account under which the Windows SharePoint Services Timer service runs. The SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard adds this account to the SQL Server Logins, the SQL Server Database Creator server role, and the SQL Server Security Administrators server role. The user account that you specify as the service account must be a domain user account, but it does not need to be a member of any specific security group on your Web servers or your back-end database servers. We recommend that you follow the principle of least privilege and specify a user account that is not a member of the Administrators group on your Web servers or your back-end servers.
  7. In the Password box, type the user's password, and then click Next.

  8. On the Configure SharePoint Central Administration Web Application page, select the Specify port number check box and type a port number if you want the SharePoint Central Administration Web application to use a specific port, or leave the Specify port number check box cleared if you do not care which port number the SharePoint Central Administration Web application uses.

  9. On the Configure SharePoint Central Administration Web Application dialog box, do one of the following:

  10. On the Completing the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard page, click Next.

  11. On the Configuration Successful page, click Finish.

    The SharePoint Central Administration Web site home page opens.

    NoteNote:
    If you are prompted for your user name and password, you might need to add the SharePoint Central Administration site to the list of trusted sites and configure user authentication settings in Internet Explorer. Instructions for configuring these settings are provided in the next set of steps.
    NoteNote:
    If you see a proxy server error message, you might need to configure your proxy server settings so that local addresses bypass the proxy server. Instructions for configuring this setting are provided later in this section.
Add the SharePoint Central Administration Web site to the list of trusted sites
  1. In Internet Explorer, on the Tools menu, click Internet Options.

  2. On the Security tab, in the Select a Web content zone to specify its security settings box, click Trusted sites, and then click Sites.

  3. Clear the Require server verification (https:) for all sites in this zone check box.

  4. In the Add this Web site to the zone box, type the URL for the SharePoint Central Administration Web site, and then click Add.

  5. Click Close to close the Trusted sites dialog box.

  6. Click OK to close the Internet Options dialog box.

Configure proxy server settings to bypass the proxy server for local addresses
  1. In Internet Explorer, on the Tools menu, click Internet Options.

  2. On the Connections tab, in the Local Area Network (LAN) settings area, click LAN Settings.

  3. In the Automatic configuration section, clear the Automatically detect settings check box.

  4. In the Proxy Server section, select the Use a proxy server for your LAN check box.

  5. Type the address of the proxy server in the Address box.

  6. Type the port number of the proxy server in the Port box.

  7. Select the Bypass proxy server for local addresses check box.

  8. Click OK to close the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog box.

  9. Click OK to close the Internet Options dialog box.

We recommend that you install and configure Office Forms Server 2007 on all of your farm servers before you configure services and create sites. You must have SQL Server running on at least one back-end database server before you install Office Forms Server 2007 on your farm servers.

ImportantImportant:
If you uninstall Office Forms Server 2007 from the first server on which you installed it, your farm might experience problems.
Run Setup on additional servers
  1. From the product disc, run Setup.exe, or from the product download, run Officeserver.exe, on one of your Web server computers.

  2. On the Enter your Product Key page, enter your product key, and then click Continue.

NoteNote:
Setup automatically verifies the product key, places a green check mark next to the text box, and enables the Continue button after it validates the key. If the key is not valid, Setup displays a red circle next to the text box and prompts you that the key is incorrect.
  1. On the Read the Microsoft Software License Terms page, review the terms, select the I accept the terms of this agreement check box, and then click Continue.

  2. On the Choose the installation you want page, click Advanced. The Basic option is for stand-alone installations.

  3. On the Server Type tab, click Web Front End. The Stand-alone option is for stand-alone installations.

  4. Optionally, to install Office Forms Server 2007 at a custom location, select the Data Location tab, and then type the location name or Browse to the location.

  5. Optionally, to participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program, select the Feedback tab and select the option you want. To learn more about the program, click the link. You must have an Internet connection to view the program information.

  6. When you have chosen the correct options, click Install Now.

  7. When Setup finishes, a dialog box appears that prompts you to complete the configuration of your server. Be sure that the Run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard now check box is selected.

  8. Click Close to start the configuration wizard. Instructions for completing the wizard are provided in the next set of steps.

After Setup finishes, use the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard to configure Office Forms Server 2007. The configuration wizard automates several configuration tasks, including: installing and configuring the configuration database, installing Office Forms Server 2007 services, and creating the Central Administration Web site. Use the following instructions to run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard.

Run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard
  1. On the Welcome to SharePoint Products and Technologies page, click Next.

  2. Click Yes in the dialog box that notifies you that some services might need to be restarted during configuration.

  3. On the Connect to a server farm page, click Yes, I want to connect to an existing server farm, and then click Next.

  4. In the Specify Configuration Database Settings dialog box, in the Database server box, type the name of the computer that is running SQL Server.

  5. Click Retrieve Database Names, and then from the Database name list, select the database name that you created when you configured the first server in your server farm.

  6. In the User name box, type the user name of the account used to connect to the computer running SQL Server. (Be sure to type the user name in the format DOMAIN\username.) This must be the same user account you used when configuring the first server.

  7. In the Password box, type the user's password, and then click Next.

  8. On the Completing the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard page, click Next.

  9. On the Configuration Successful page, click Finish.

You must start the Windows SharePoint Services Search service on every computer that you want to search over content. You must start it on at least one of your servers.

Start the Windows SharePoint Services Search service
  1. On the SharePoint Central Administration home page, click the Operations tab on the top link bar.

  2. On the Operations page, in the Topology and Services section, click Servers in farm.

  3. On the Servers in Farm page, click the server on which you want to start the Windows SharePoint Services Help Search service.

  4. Next to Window SharePoint Services Search, click Start.

  5. On the Configure Windows SharePoint Services Search Service Settings page, in the Service Account section, specify the user name and password for the user account under which the search service will run.

  6. In the Content Access Account section, specify the user name and password for the user account that the search service will use to search over content. This account must have read access to all the content you want it to search over. If you do not enter credentials, the same account used for the search service will be used.

  7. In the Search database section, either accept the default settings, or specify a database server name and database name. You can also choose between Windows authentication (selected by default) or SQL authentication. If you choose SQL authentication, you must provide a username and password with access rights to the SQL database.

  8. In the Indexing Schedule section, either accept the default settings, or specify the schedule that you want to search service to use when searching over content.

  9. After you have configured all the settings, click Start.

In farms with more than one index server, you should stop the Central Administration service on all index servers. This service is used for the Central Administration site and is not required on index servers. Stopping this service on index servers can help avoid URL resolution problems with indexing. On the other hand, you must be sure that this service is started on the server that hosts the Central Administration Web site, even if that server is also an index server. You do not need to stop this service for installations where the farm has only one index server.

Stop the Central Administration service on an index server
  1. On the Services on Server page, select the index server from the Server drop-down list.

  2. Under Select server role to display services you will need to start in the table below, select the Custom option.

  3. In the table of services, next to Central Administration, in the Action column, click Stop.

This topic covers how to create and configure a single Shared Services Provider (SSP). An SSP is a logical grouping of shared services and their supporting resources. In Office Forms Server 2007, the SSP enables sharing services across multiple server farms, Web applications, and site collections. For more information about configuring and using SSPs, see Chapter overview: Create and configure Shared Services Providers.

You create one or more SSPs in this phase and configure it to meet the needs of your farm. Each server farm can host one or more SSPs, or consume services provided by an SSP on another server farm. Each SSP runs in its own Web application which contains one or more site collections. Other Web applications on a server farm can be associated with any of the SSPs on the farm. Shared services cannot be enabled or disabled separately from other shared services. Web applications on a farm consume all of the services of an SSP, or none of them. For more information about SSPs, see Plan Shared Services Providers.

Create a Web Application and SSP
  1. On the SharePoint Central Administration home page, click the Application Management tab on the top link bar.

  2. On the Application Management page, in the Office SharePoint Server Shared Services section, click Create or configure this farm's shared services.

  3. On the Manage this Farm's Shared Services page, click New SSP.

  4. On the New Shared Services Provider page, in the SSP Name section, click Create a new Web application.

NoteNote:
If you see any items in the Web application drop-down list, a Web application has already been created. You can either use this Web application or create another.
  1. On the Create New Web Application page, in the IIS Web Site section, click Create a new IIS web site , and do not modify the default settings in this section.

  2. In the Security Configuration section, under Authentication provider, select the appropriate option for your environment, and do not modify the default settings in the remainder of this section.

    NoteNote:
    By default, the authentication provider is set to NTLM. Use the Negotiate (Kerberos) setting only if Kerberos is supported in your environment. This option will require configuring a Service Principal Name for the domain user account, for which you must have Domain Administrator credentials. For more information about configuring Kerberos, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article KB 832769: HOW TO: Configure Windows SharePoint Services to Use Kerberos Authentication (http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=832769).
  3. In the Load Balanced URL section, do not modify the default settings.

  4. In the Application Pool section, click Create new application pool.

  5. In Application pool name, enter the name of your application pool or use the default name.

  6. Click Configurable, and in User name and Password, type the user name and password for the user account that you want to act as the application pool identity for your SSP Web application.

    The user account must be a domain user account, but the user account does not have to be a member of any particular security group. It is recommended that you use the principle of least privilege and select a unique user account that does not have administrative rights on your front-end servers or on your back-end database servers. You can use the user account that you specified as the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 service account; however, if that user account is a member of a security group that has administrative rights on your front-end servers or your back-end database servers, you will not be following the principle of least privilege. The user name must be in the format DOMAIN\username.

  7. In the Reset Internet Information Services section, choose Restart IIS automatically to allow SharePoint to restart IIS on other farm servers, or Restart IIS manually to manually restart IIS on all farm servers.

  8. In the Database Name and Authentication section, verify the database information and make sure that Windows Authentication (recommended) is selected.

  9. In the Search Server section, select a search server. If this is the first server in the farm, and you have enabled Search services, this server will appear in the list.

  10. Click OK. The Web application and the SSP are created. Upon completion, the Success page appears.

This section guides you through the process of creating a single site collection containing a single SharePoint site. You can create many site collections and many sites under each site collection. For more information, see Deploy and configure SharePoint sites.

Create a site collection
  1. On the SharePoint Central Administration home page, click the Application Management tab on the top link bar.

  2. On the Application Management page, in the SharePoint Site Management section, click Create site collection.

  3. On the Create Site Collection page, in the Web Application section, select a Web application to host the site collection from the Web Application drop-down list.

  4. In the Title and Description section, type a title and description for the site collection.

  5. In the Web Site Address section, select a URL type and specify a URL for the site collection.

  6. In the Template Selection section, select a template from the tabbed template control.

  7. In the Primary Site Collection Administrator section, type the user account name for the user that you want to be the primary administrator for the site collection. You can also browse for the user account by clicking the book icon to the right of the text box. You can verify the user account by clicking the Check Names icon to the right of the text box.

  8. Optionally, in the Secondary Site Collection Administrator section, type the user account for the user you want to be the secondary administrator for the site collection. You can also browse for the user account by clicking the book icon to the right of the text box. You can verify the user account by clicking the Check Names icon to the right of the text box.

  9. Click Create to create the site collection.

Create a SharePoint site
  1. On the SharePoint Central Administration home page, click the Application Management tab on the top link bar.

  2. On the Application Management page, in the SharePoint Site Management section, click Site collection list.

  3. On the Site Collection List page, click the URL for the site collection to which you want to add a site.

  4. On the Site Actions menu, click Create.

  5. On the Create page, in the Web Pages section, click Sites and Workplaces.

  6. On the New SharePoint Site page, in the Title and Description section, type a title and description for the site.

  7. In the Web Site Address section, specify a URL for the site.

  8. In the Template Selection section, select a template from the tabbed template control.

  9. Either change other settings, or click Create to create the site.

  10. The new site opens.

After Setup finishes, your browser window opens to the home page of your new SharePoint site. Although you can start adding content to the site or you can start customizing the site, we recommend that you perform the following administrative tasks by using the SharePoint Central Administration Web site.

  • Configure incoming e-mail settings   You can configure incoming e-mail settings so that SharePoint sites accept and archive incoming e-mail. You can also configure incoming e-mail settings so that SharePoint sites can archive e-mail discussions as they happen, save e-mailed documents, and show e-mailed meetings on site calendars. In addition, you can configure the SharePoint Directory Management Service to provide support for e-mail distribution list creation and management. For more information, see Configure incoming e-mail settings (Office SharePoint Server) .

  • Configure outgoing e-mail settings   You can configure outgoing e-mail settings so that your Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) server sends e-mail alerts to site users and notifications to site administrators. You can configure both the "From" e-mail address and the "Reply" e-mail address that appear in outgoing alerts. For more information, see Configure outgoing e-mail settings (Office SharePoint Server) .

  • Configure Workflow settings   Specify whether users can assemble new workflows and if participants without site access should be sent documents in email attachments so they can participate in document workflows. For more information, see Configure workflow settings.

  • Configure diagnostic logging settings   You can configure several diagnostic logging settings to help with troubleshooting. This includes enabling and configuring trace logs, event messages, user-mode error messages, and Customer Experience Improvement Program events. For more information, see Configure diagnostic logging settings .

  • Configure antivirus protection settings   You can configure several antivirus settings if you have an antivirus program that is designed for Office SharePoint Server 2007. Antivirus settings enable you to control whether documents are scanned on upload or download and whether users can download infected documents. You can also specify how long you want the antivirus program to run before it times out, and you can specify how many execution threads the antivirus program can use on the server. For more information, see Configure antivirus settings .

  • Configure InfoPath Forms Services Before uploading form templates, you should ensure that InfoPath Forms Services has been correctly configured for your environment. For more information, see Configure InfoPath Forms Services for Office SharePoint Server.

  • Configure search   Before search queries can be serviced, content must first be crawled. You can configure several search and index settings to customize how Office SharePoint Server 2007 crawls your site content or external content. For more information, see Configure the Office SharePoint Server Search service (Office SharePoint Server).

Perform administrator tasks by using the Central Administration site
  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft Office Server, and then click SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration.

  2. On the Central Administration home page, in the Administrator Tasks section, click the task you want to perform.

  3. On the Administrator Tasks page, next to Action, click the task.

The trace log can be useful for analyzing problems that might occur. You can use events that are written to the trace log to determine what configuration changes were made in Office Forms Server 2007 before the problem occurred.

By default, Office Forms Server 2007 saves two days of events in the trace log files. This means that trace log files that contain events that are older than two days are deleted. When using the Windows SharePoint Services Search service, we recommend that you configure the trace log to save seven days of events.

You can use the Diagnostic Logging page in Central Administration to configure the maximum number of trace log files to maintain and how long (in minutes) to capture events to each log file. By default, 96 log files are kept, each one containing 30 minutes of events.

96 log files * 30 minutes of events per file = 2880 minutes or two days of events.

You can also specify the location where the log files are written or accept the default path.

Configure the trace log to save seven days of events
  1. In Central Administration, on the Operations tab, in the Logging and Reporting section, click Diagnostic logging.

  2. On the Diagnostic Logging page, in the Trace Log section, do the following:

    • In the Number of log files box, type 336.

    • In the Number of minutes to use a log file box, type 30.

      TipTip:
      To save 10,080 minutes (seven days) of events, you can use any combination of number of log files and minutes to store in each log file.
  3. Ensure that the path specified in the Path box has enough room to store the extra log files or change the path to another location.

    TipTip:
    We recommend that you store log files on a hard drive partition that is used to store log files only.
  4. Click OK.

Trace log files can help you to troubleshoot issues related to configuration changes of the Windows SharePoint Services Search service. Because problems related to configuration changes are not always immediately discovered, we recommend that you save all trace log files that the system creates on any day that you make any configuration changes related to either search service. Store these log files for an extended period of time in a safe location that will not be overwritten. See step 3 in the Configure the trace log to save seven days of events procedure to determine the location that the system stores trace log files for your system.

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