Exchange Server and SP1 for Microsoft Office Filter Pack 2010

Published Aug 02 2011 05:20 PM 22.2K Views

Starting with Exchange 2007, installation of the current version of Office Filter Packs is a prerequisite. For Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 RTM, the pre-req was 2007 Office System Converter: Microsoft Filter Pack. In Exchange 2010 SP1, this was updated to Office 2010 Filter Packs. The filters are used by Exchange Search to index email attachments on Mailbox servers and by the transport rules agent to scan attachments on transport servers. The filters are also important for discovery searches in Exchange 2010 – Multi-Mailbox Search uses content indexes generated by Exchange Search.

In Exchange 2010 RTM and Exchange 2007, you need to register the IFilters with Exchange Search (for Exchange 2007, see 'KB 944516 How to register Filter Pack IFilters with Exchange Server 2007'). In Exchange 2010 SP1, IFilters included in the Office 2010 Filter Pack are automatically registered by Exchange Setup. You must register any third-party filters you install.

An updated filter pack, Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office Filter Pack 2010 (KB2460041) 64-bit Edition is now available on Download Center. The Filter Pack has been tested with Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2007. The updated filter pack doesn’t have any fixes or updates that impact Exchange scenarios or functionality. If you have the RTM version of Office 2010 filter packs installed, you can update it but it’s not required. For new installs, we recommend going with the current versions.

Note: The SP1 package updates the RTM version of Office 2010 Filter Packs.

Bharat Suneja

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Your link doesn't work..there's an extra double-quote in there somewhere. Also; another poorly named product release. Why can't this be "Microsoft Office Filter Pack 2010 WITH Service Pack 1"? This currently reads as though it's a service pack you have to install on top of a pre-existing RTM instance.

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@Chris: Thanks for catching that - the link did have ASCII code for an end-quote and has been updated. We'll pass on your feedback on filter pack name to the Microsoft Office team.

Note, you can also use the short URL for the filter pack:

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Gentle reminder: this filter pack doesn't include the ability to index PDF files, which a large majority of customers want to be included in their discovery searches. If you're in that large majority, you'll need either the Adobe or FoxIt PDF IFilters.

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@Paul: Thanks for the important reminder.

For a list of default filters included in Exchange 2010 (with Office 2010/2007 Filter Pack, a prerequisite for Exchange Setup, installed), see Default Filters for Exchange Search. The article also has a "safe list" of file formats that aren't indexed, which includes graphics and multimedia file formats, e.g. JPG and WMA.

As noted in this post, you must register any third-party filters you install.

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Hmm, my Exchange2007 server says:

There are no products affected by this package installed on this system.

Is this because it is running SBS2007 and not a "real" Exchange 2007?

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@Harald: The filter pack setup doesn't check for Exchange version or if it's even installed on an Exchange/SBS server. Do you have Office 2010 Filter Packs (RTM version) installed?

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its completly off topic.

but i found one of your scripts on your blog.

but the downloadlink is broken, is there a way to get this file?

regards Yannnick

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