remote query of Indexing Service

Posted on 2006-04-11
Last Modified: 2008-01-16
I have a Visual Basic application which needs to search through a remote IIS machine's indexing service catalog. I can find references to the query language OK. I can find references to the remote connection too:

Calalog = "query://[hostname]/[catalog]"

but am having trouble with getting a successful connection remotely.  

Error message is "there is no catalog".
Some debug info:
I can connect to the local machine's index server get search the local catalog.

I can run the catalog query from IIS on the remote machine, so it's functional.

Two thoughts come to mind:
1. Is there a security setting on Windows Server 2003 that forbids a remote query of this nature?
2. Does the catalog get queried via a UDP or TCP port other than port 80, therefore requiring a firewall adjustment ?

Question by:Curriculum
    LVL 10

    Accepted Solution

    try opening these ports in your firewall and try again
    UDP ports 137 and 138 and TCP ports 139 and 445

    Author Comment

    Thx, and wow, that would introduce quite a security risk. I'm going to use a query to a web page and parse the results instead. Oh well.
    LVL 10

    Expert Comment

    indexing service was allways a risk in the case of DMZ servers :-)

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