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SharePoint and PDFs

Everyone knows that the Adobe PDF iFilter can be used to index PDF files, so I was quite surprised to look at an SP2010 farm last week that was only sometimes showing the PDF icon, and sometimes a blank icon.

Of course the solution to this was obvious, this farm had 2 WFE servers and the icon file and DOCICON.XML file had only been updated on one server, so a couple a minutes later everything was working once I had updated the 2nd server.

Here are the Microsoft instructions on how to install the PDF iFilter http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2293357

but personally I prefer the Nick Grattan instructions.


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  1. jeffmjones
    April 4, 2012 at 12:50

    Thank Giles. I personally use http://autospinstaller.codeplex.com/ for most installs and it was enhanced to include both of the above PDF features. The PowerShell script helps give me a clean consistent install across all servers. There are just so many steps anymore, it’s hard to do manually in large scale.

    • April 4, 2012 at 18:42

      Hi Jeff,

      We use the autospinstaller for our clean installs too, v.useful.

      Thanks for the comment.

      Kind regards


  2. April 4, 2012 at 15:54

    2 WFE and icon showing randomly.. a classic !
    Like you I prefer blog explanation for the same exact article written by Microsoft, when will we get nice visual article instead of plain Mr Microsoft ? 😉
    Keep on good writing Neil !

  3. April 4, 2012 at 17:36

    I’d like to add that Adobe PDF iFilter is not the only iFilter out there, many studies show that it’s the worst in performance actually. I recall an MSDN benchmark test, I’d have to find again.
    Checkout Foxit iFilter and TET iFilter
    Might be some others but those two are the ones I remember.

    • April 4, 2012 at 18:46

      I would agree that the FoxIT iFilter is indeed more efficient, but it also costs money.

      So I guess it depends on what is important to clients / customers – cost vs. the need to process a lot of PDF’s quickly via the indexer.

    • Neil King
      April 5, 2012 at 09:34

      I agree that the FoxIT ifilter performs better, and if you working with a client thats uses a lot of PDF’s (say more that 25% of total document content), but most clients i see, only normally have a about 5% total PDF content, for them the Adobe version seems to work okay.

  4. April 4, 2012 at 17:47

    This is how to install the pdfifilter and how to show the pdf icon


  5. zee
    April 5, 2012 at 16:49

    Thank you! This is really nice information.

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