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Sage ACT! Technology Corner
Universal Search Advanced Deployment
The Universal Search feature in Sage ACT! 2012 helps you quickly find key information across your Sage ACT! records, including contacts, companies, opportunities, notes, history, and even attached documents. Sage ACT! 2012 installs a Search Service, which is responsible for (1) indexing Sage ACT! data for quick searching and (2) returning search results to Sage ACT!.
The Search Service normally services Sage ACT! databases collocated on the PC it runs on. However, the Search Service can be configured to service Sage ACT! databases on other servers. This is useful for scalability such as in scenarios where Sage ACT! databases reside on one or more servers that have SQL Server® deployed but where Sage ACT! is not installed. For example:
- In larger deployments where one or more servers are dedicated as database servers
- In a hosted environment where both database servers and a search server are dedicated
You can configure the Search Service via a configuration file (an XML file). In the Sage ACT! installation directory in Program Files, you'll find Act.Server.Host.exe.config, with the following entry:
In this file, you can change the server that the Search Service will host by changing the string "(local)" to the name of the server desired.
You can also add entries for additional servers. Just be sure to also change the name attribute to be unique along with the server names:
Sage ACT! Premium or Sage ACT! Pro applications don't need to be configured. They will dynamically discover the appropriate Search Service to use based on the database they are logged into.
This gives centralized advanced deployment for the Search Service and enables Sage ACT! to scale along with your business.
Director of Development
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