Configuring the Windows Firewall on Search Engine Nodes

Use the Windows Firewall feature to prevent unauthorized network communication with the Search Engine node.

Before You Begin

You must obtain the following information.

Search Engine Node Port Numbers

This procedure requires configuring rules in the Windows Firewall settings to deny unauthorized access to the port number used by the Search Engine node. Therefore, you must have the port numbers used by each Search Engine node in your CommCell Environment. You can locate this information from the CommCell Console:

  1. Open the CommCell Console.
  2. In the CommCell Browser, click to expand Storage Resource > Search Engines, and then click a Search Engine cloud.
  3. In the Search Engine Cloud tab, right-click the name of the Search Engine node, and then click Properties.

    In the Search Engine Node Properties dialog box under the General tab, the Search Engine port number is listed as Base Port.

IP Addresses of Search Engine Components

In order to allow network communication between the Search Engine node and the CommCell components required to facilitate content indexing and search operations, you must have the full computer name of each of the following components in your CommCell:

  • CommServe host
  • Other nodes in the same Search Engine cloud
  • Web Servers
  • MediaAgents


Perform the following procedure for each Search Engine node in your CommCell environment.

  1. Log in to the Search Engine node.
  2. Open Windows Firewall with Advanced Security. See Microsoft's documentation for your version of Microsoft Windows.
  3. Create a new Inbound Rule with the following configurations:


    Required Configuration

    Rule Type

    Select Port.

    Protocol and Paths

    Applicable protocol

    Select TCP.

    Specify Local Port

    Search Engine base port.


    Select Allow the connection if it is secure.


    Authorized computers

    Add the full computer name of each computer in your CommCell environment that is required for content indexing and search operations:

    • Other Search Engine nodes in the same cloud
    • Web Servers
    • Compliance Search servers
    • MediaAgents
  4. Turn on Windows Firewall on the Search Engine node.
  5. Repeat this procedure for all other Search Engine nodes in your CommCell environment.

Last modified: 2/15/2019 7:10:30 PM