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Handle software updates when you have extended the content capacity (FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint)

FAST Search Server 2010

Published: December 16, 2010

Follow this procedure if you install a software update or a service pack, and have extended the content capacity for your indexer servers.

To change the configuration file in association with a software update

  1. Review the readme file to determine if the following configuration file is changed as part of a software update:


    Where <FASTSearchFolder> is the path of the folder where you have installed FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint, for example C:\FASTSearch.

    If the file is affected by the update, follow the next steps.

  2. Replace the configuration file with the backup file that you saved when you modified the index partition configuration.

  3. Perform the software update.

    Important Important:

    Do not start the FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint service after the software update. You start the service later in this procedure.

  4. Change the index partition configuration:

    1. On the administration server, locate the indexer template configuration file:


    2. Save a backup of the file. You may need the backup at a later stage if the configuration file is modified in a software update.

    3. In a text editor, open the file and change the following configuration parameters:

      • numberPartitions:

        Default value: 5

        New value: 10

      • docsDistributionMax:

        Default value:


        New value:


  5. Re-deploy the farm configuration to all servers:

    Important Important:

    In this step, you must change the deployment configuration file (deployment.xml) without changing the actual content. You can do that by adding a space and then save the file.

    To re-deploy the farm configuration, follow the steps in Reconfigure the farm deployment including adding new servers.

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