A new Search project automatically includes an indexing environment on the local machine, which is required to index the project. You can add host resources to this environment to improve indexing performance, but you never need to create a new indexing environment, since the project requires only one and creates it for you.

Search also includes a default answering environment on the local machine. Indexes are copied to the answer environments in order to serve search results to end-users. The default local environment is for testing purposes; you should add resources to this environment in order to make sure it will support production use. You may also want to create additional answering environments; you may want to deploy your index to a test location before deploying it to production.

Note: The default RMI port for new environments is 8860. If this port cannot be used, then when you create an environment in Search Administration, Search Administration cannot connect to it until you change that setting. To change the default port:

You can create environments directly from a Search project, or create environments and then attach them to a project.

To create a Search environment:

  1. To create an environment within a project, On the Projects tab, go to Projects > Your Project >Environments and click Add Environment.

    To create an environment that is not attached to a project, on the Projects tab, go to Environments and click New Search Environment. You can attach this environment to a project later on, if a project needs more resources.

  2. Enter the environment name. Environment names cannot include spaces.

  3. Click Add.

  4. Specify a host machine or machines. When you enter a host name, an additional row appears below it, so you can add more than one host to the environment.

    Enter the host name as it appears on your network, and the maximum number of search engines this host can use. When you save the new environment, Search Administration uses this information to determine whether the new host has sufficient resources to support those engines. You can then update the number of CPUs on that host if the default (1) is not correct.

  5. Under Policy Settings, select a rollback policy. This setting determines what is considered a failure when an index is being deployed.

  6. Click Save.

  7. To specify Advanced Settings, click the new environment’s Host Machine Name, then click the Show link.

    Settings include:

    The Machine Information section includes CPU count and operating system information for troubleshooting purposes. If this information is blank, either the machine is not correctly configured, the launching service is not running, or the launching service is running on a different port.

  8. Click Save.

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