Sharepoint Search Express 2008 Issue

I was frustrated at repeated failures in installing sharepoint search server express 2008 over my VM Windows 2008 SBS. The installation kept on failing.

Description: Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express setup did not complete successfully. Problem signature: Problem Event Name: Office12Setup Problem Signature 01: {10120000-1F00-0000-0000–0000000FF1CE} Problem Signature 02: 12.0.6217.1000

Thankfully, i stumbled upon and found a solution: You need to install sql2005 service pack 3~!!

Next step is to add adobe ifilter from

1.Stop the IIS Admin Service: Start->Run->Services.msc->Locate the IIS Admin Service and stop it.
2.Download the Adobe PDF IFilter and install it on your indexing server.
3.Install this GIF () or any icon of your choosing to “C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\TEMPLATE\IMAGES”
4.Edit the DocIcon.xml file at “C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web server extensions\12\Template\Xml\DOCICON.XML” and add the following text under the tag.
5.Recycle the application pool of the Shared Service Provider OR do an IISRESET if you’re lazy.
6.Open the SSP Admin site (Central Administration->SharedServices1). Click on Search Settings->File Types->New File Type) and add a pdf file type.
7.Perform a full crawl on content sources. Search Settings->Content Sources and Crawl Schedules, click on the Content Source you want to perform a full crawl on. Check the Start Full Crawl check box at the bottom and then click OK. Wait for the crawl to finish.