I need some assistance switching the xDB search indexes from SOLR to Azure Search in a Sitecore 9 vanilla install (installed using SIF).

I have completed the following tasks:

  • Added a Search Service to Azure
  • Added the Search Service connection string to xConnect (named collection.search)
  • Disabled all SOLR configs in xConnect and enabled all AzureSearch configs
  • Restarted the xConnect sites

I was hoping an index would be auto generated as with SOLR but it hasn't and I can't see anything of use in the logs.


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Ensure that IndexWorker service is updated in the same way as xConnect site was:

  1. Stop IndexWorker windows service.
  2. Disable all SOLR configs in IndexWorker and enable all AzureSearch configs under search role\App_data\jobs\continuous\IndexWorker
  3. Add collection.search connection string to search role\App_data\jobs\continuous\IndexWorker\App_config\ConnectionStrings.config
  4. Start IndexWorker windows service.
  • Can SIF be used to set up xConnect using Azure Search instead of SOLR during the initial install?
    – Calum
    Commented May 15, 2018 at 11:01
  • Thanks grg, this appears to be my problem... the IndexWorker isn't running and when I try to start it I get an error. Commented May 15, 2018 at 11:16
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    To answer the other comments we only want to use Azure Search for the xDB search indexes not for the content search indexes. SIF doesn't provide a way of achieving this. Commented May 15, 2018 at 11:17
  • @R.Allinson, did you get it working? Or is the indexer still failing to start?
    – grg
    Commented May 15, 2018 at 11:37
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    @Calum, unfortunately it's not possible to setup Azure Search as search provider in OnPrem setup with SIF out of the box. You might consider writing a custom SIF task for that. dev.sitecore.net/Downloads/Sitecore_Installation_Framework/1x/…
    – grg
    Commented May 15, 2018 at 11:42

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