More NT / Index Server Problems
A few days ago, I decided to pursue parallel development of this
site on multiple platforms at least in part because I was not
able to get Microsoft's Index Server to index the new virtual
site that I had set up as the home for this site. I was surprised
because I'd had Index Server working for months. In fact since
I've worked with IIS 3 and 4, I've considered Index Server to be
one of IIS's strengths. Since it provides good full text searching
with boolean logic and I'd paid for NT server and I knew how to
set up Index Server, it made good sense to put this to use a
a real working tool.
I was working on Java and also use Perl. Those of you who are
familiar with these products know they have huge HTML document
sets. Where I'd worked previously I'd gotten used to putting
Cold Fusion, IIS and other online documents into virtual directories
indexed by Index Server allowing me to do full text searches
of my online documentation. I did this with my Java and Perl
documentation as well some other electronic document collections.
To help keep things simple, I made sure my search form included
appropriate "scopes" so that I could limit a search to just Perl
documentation or just the Java SDK or just the Java Tutorial, etc.
This has been a truly valuable tool, often letting me find just
what I need with much less work than trying to drill down through
the documentation menus. Naturally I was somewhat surprised when
I couldn't get my new virtual site to be searchable. These other
HTML document collections are virtual directories
logically inside the default system web site but
physically located outside the default web site directory
While I've made several minor adjustments to security and IIS
settings within the new virtual site, I haven't touched anything
related to Index Server for days or more specifically when I last
worked with it and could not get it to do what I wanted. I have
done several searches since then and everything seemed like it has
been for months. Just before I started to write this, I did a
search for something in the Perl documentation and got no results.
I started with "my" and index server said that was an excluded word.
I don't remember what other words I tried but I tried "local", limited
to the Perl documentation and got no results. I then tried "global"
and finally "perl" and still got no results.
Finally I tried "perl" on the entire site and got results.
None of them were from the default site. All the results were
from my new GeodSoft.com virtual site. I am so frustrated I
want scream or punch holes in the wall. How can this be?
What has changed now? How much more time am I going to waste
on this one? I am making almost no progress at all towards
setting up my new web site and spending practically all my
time troubleshooting things that don't stay the same on NT
from one day to the next. Maybe at some point I'll remember
some change I've made that could somehow logically cause this
but at the moment, I swear I haven't touched the IIS management
console since I was trouble shooting the CGI set up two days
ago and the Index Server management console for more than a
week. I'm sure I've done some searches in the past two days
and had normal results.
Not only are the results coming from the new virtual site, the
URLs that Index Server are returning are for the IP address of
the primary site. (I have no DNS yet.) The directory and
file names are from the new site which don't exist under the
default site so when I click to retrieve the document, I get
a 404 not found error.
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