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Create and set up the Query Search Service Application (FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint)

FAST Search Server 2010

Published: May 12, 2010

This article describes how to create a FAST Search Query Search Service Application (Query SSA) in SharePoint Server Central Administration. The FAST Search Query SSA provides query results from all content sources.

note Note:

The Query SSA may also be used to provide people search results. You must then add a content source for people to the Query SSA, see Crawl the user profile store (FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint) for more information. The Query SSA will feed people data to the Search Server index and route people queries to Search Server.

Before you create the FAST Search Query SSA, follow the steps in Create and set up the Content Search Service Application (FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint).

In this article:

Create and set up the FAST Search Query SSA

Important Important:

Make sure that the Windows Service called SharePoint 2010 Administration (SPAdminV4) is running on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. If it is stopped, it must be started.

The install_info.txt file, located directly under the FASTSearch installation folder on the FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint administration server or single server (default c:\FASTSearch\install_info.txt), contains the URLs for configuring the SSA.

  1. On SharePoint Server 2010, on the Central Administration Home page, click Application Management and then Manage Service Applications.

  2. On the Manage Service Applications page, click New and then Search Service Application.

  3. On the Create New Search Service Application page, in the Name section, provide a unique name for the Service Application.

    Example: FAST Query SSA

    Warning: If the SSA creation fails, you must enter a new unique name for this field. Otherwise, it will fail again and you must re-enter all data.

  4. In the FAST Service Application section, select FAST Search Query.

  5. In the Application Pool for Search Admin Web Service section, select either an existing application pool under Use existing application pool, or select Create new application pool and give it a unique name. Example: FAST_Query_Admin_SSA_App_Pool.

    If you create a new application pool, select a security account. The security account is used to run the SSA Admin Web service.

    Select Configurable, and enter the user account. The default is the managed service account.

  6. In the Application Pool for Search Query and Site Settings Web Service section, select either an existing application pool under Use existing application pool, or select Create new application pool, and give it a unique name. Example: FAST_Query_SSA_App_Pool.

    If you create a new application pool, select a security account. The security account is used to run the Web service for Search Query and Site Settings.

    Select Configurable, and enter the user account.

  7. In the Query Service Location, Administration Service Location and Resource Store Location sections, enter the connection information to the FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint installation. The location (URLs/port numbers) of the services is included in the install_info.txt file.

    The examples here assume a base port of 13000 for FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint.

    • Query Service Location:

      http://fastsearch1.contoso.com:13287 or

      https://fastsearch1.contoso.com:13286 (If you have enabled HTTPS for queries)

    • Administration Service Location:

      http://fastsearch1.contoso.com:13257 or

      https://fastsearch1.contoso.com:13258 (If you have enabled HTTPS for queries.)

    • Resource Store Location: http://fastsearch1.contoso.com:13255

    • Account for Administration Service: domain\user.

  8. Click OK. It may take a while to finish.

    When finished, a new SSA is added to the list of Service Applications.

  9. Review the redundancy and availability requirements for the Query SSA. For planning considerations, see Recommendations: Redundancy and availability (FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint). For deployment details, see Multiple server deployment of the Query SSA (FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint).

Verify user access to FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint administrative services

The user who runs the Application Pool for the web application in which you will configure FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint, is the user who will communicate with the FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint administration server. Therefore, make sure that the user who runs this Application Pool is a member of the FASTSearchAdministrators group on the FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint administration server:

  1. On SharePoint Server 2010, on the Central Administration Home page, under Security, select Configure Service Accounts.

  2. Each web application has a separate Web Application Pool. Select the relevant component, typically Web Application Pool - SharePoint - 80.

  3. Make sure that the user account for this component is a member of the FASTSearchAdministrators group on the FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint administration server.

Limit access to keyword management only

In a parent and child farm scenario, the child farm web application account must be authorized to access the FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint (back-end) keyword service. The account can be authorized by adding it to the FASTSearchKeywordAdministrators group on the FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint administration server. The FASTSearchKeywordAdministrators group is not automatically created during installation, but can be created manually if you want to use this level of authorization.

You can also select to give the account full access to the FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint administrative services by adding it to the FASTSearchAdministrators group.

Connect the FAST Search Query SSA to your web application(s)

Important Important:

The following steps require that at least one web application was created. For information about how to create web applications in SharePoint Server 2010, see Create a Web application.

  1. On SharePoint Server 2010, on the Central Administration Home page, select Application Management.

  2. Under Service Applications, click Configure service application associations.

  3. Click the Application Proxy Group that you want to change, typically default.

  4. Make sure that the Query SSA (for example FAST Query SSA) is the default and only selected Search Service Application Proxy, and then click OK.

  5. Verify that the correct Query SSA is associated with the web application.

All the default search service applications should now point to FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint.

Next step

When you have completed the steps in this article, continue with Enable queries from Microsoft SharePoint Server (FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint).

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