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Administrating Solr

By : Surendra Mohan
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Administrating Solr

By: Surendra Mohan

Overview of this book

Implementing different search engines on web products is a mandate these days. Apache Solr is a robust search engine, but simply implementing Apache Solr and forgetting about it is not a good idea, especially when you have to fight for the search ranking of your web product. In such a scenario, you need to keep monitoring, administrating, and optimizing your Solr to retain your ranking. "Administrating Solr" is a practical, hands-on guide. This book will provide you with a number of clear, step-by-step exercises and some advanced concepts which will help you administrate, monitor, and optimize Solr using Drupal and associated scripts. Administrating Solr will also provide you with a solid grounding on how you can use Apache Solr with Drupal. "Administrating Solr" starts with an overview of Apache Solr and the installation process to get you familiar with Solr. It then gradually moves on to discuss the mysteries that make Solr flexible enough to render appropriate search results in different scenarios. This book will take you through clear and practical concepts that will help you monitor, administrate, and optimize your Solr appropriately using both scripts and tools. This book will also teach you ways to query your search and methods to keep your Solr healthy and well maintained. With this book, you will learn how to effectively implement and optimize Solr using Drupal.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)


Before we get ready for the installation, you need to have the necessary downloads ready.

Once you have the mentioned installers ready, you may proceed installing them as follows:

  1. Install XAMPP, and follow the instructions.

  2. Install Tomcat, and follow the instructions.

  3. Install the latest Java JDK.

    By now there must be a folder called /xampp in your C Drive (by default). Navigate to the xampp folder and find xampp-control application (shown in the following screenshot) and then start it.

  4. Start Apache, MySQL, and Tomcat services and click on the Services button at the right-hand side of the panel as demonstrated in the following screenshot:

  5. Locate Apache Tomcat Service, right-click on it and navigate to Properties as demonstrated in the following screenshot:

  6. After the Properties Window pop up, set the Startup type to Automatic, and close the window by clicking on OK as shown in the following screenshot:

    For the next few steps, we will stop Apache Tomcat in the Services window. If this doesn't work, then click on the Stop link.

  7. Extract Apache Solr and navigate to the /dist folder. You will find a file called solr-4.3.1.war as demonstrated in the following screenshot; copy this file.

  8. Navigate to C:/xampp/tomcat/webapps/ and paste the solr-4.3.1.war file (which you have copied in the previous step) into this folder; rename solr-4.3.1.war to solr.war as shown in the following screenshot:

  9. Navigate back to <ApacheSolrFolder>/example/solr/ and copy these files as demonstrated in the next screenshot:

  10. Create a directory in C:/xampp/ called /solr/ and paste ApacheSolrFolder>/example/solr/ files into this directory, that is, C:/xampp/solr, as shown in the following screenshot:

  11. Now navigate to C:/xampp/tomcat/bin/tomcat6w, click on the Java Tab, and copy the command -Dsolr.solr.home=C:\xampp\solr into the Java Options section, as shown in the following screenshot:

  12. Now it is time to navigate to the services window. Start Apache Tomcat in the Services window.

  13. Now you are done with installing Apache Solr at your local environment. To confirm, type http://localhost:8080/solr/admin/ and hit Enter into the browser. You should be able to see Apache Solr Dashboard.