This course covers the fundamentals of the powerful and versatile IDOL platform and lays a firm foundation for the development of your IDOL knowledge prior to undertaking the IDOL Advanced and IDOL Connector Advanced training offerings.
Network/Software Administration, Enterprise Security, Web/Application Server, Knowledge Management, HTML, XML & XSLT
Delegates will learn how to
- Have a firm foundation of how to administer the IDOL platform
- Be prepared for the IDOL Advanced and IDOL Connector Advanced courses
Module 1: Technology Overview
Covers Training agenda and objective.
Understand the complexities of this powerful infrastructure software, by examining the technology from a high-level perspective
Module 2: Installing MicroFocus IDOL
Understand how to install and configure MicroFocus IDOL.
Learn the role of key component.
Be able to check if MicroFocus IDOL is running.
Module 3: IDOL Admin Tool
To demonstrate and understand the functionality of the MicroFocus IDOL Admin tool.
View logs and observe erroneous entries
Understand optimizations of MicroFocus IDOL and use MicroFocus IDOL Admin to monitor performance.
Module 4: Basis IDOL Configuration
Learn how to prepare your IDOL prior to indexing data or sending queries to the engine. You will learn how to organize your indexes through the creation of tailored indexes.
Creating MicroFocus IDOL Databases
Optimizing MicroFocus IDOL using IDOL Server Fields
Module 5: Indexing with File System Connector and CFS
Learn how to index data using the File System Connector. In particular you will become familiar with using the Connector Framework Server to ingest content, and use Lua scripts to fine-tune the aggregation process.
Indexing & Configuring with File System Connector
Setting up polling methods
Setting up indexing logs
Running the File System Connector
Viewing the File System Connector Process
Indexing content into the Food Database
Checking MicroFocus IDOL Content
Using the IndexerGetStatus action
Module 6: Manual Indexing
Examine IDOL’s index structure. Learn the ability to index IDX structured content. Understand the communication between the Connector and IDOL. Learn how to index content both automatically and manually into IDOL using best practice methods.
Examining an IDX file
Familiarizing yourself with the IDX layout
Applying a DREREFERENCE to a document
Perform a manual Index using DREADD
Index more content into Science Database
Module 7: Indexing XML
Learn how to manually index native XML into IDOL using a practical example to understand the indexing process in detail.
Index well-formed XML into MicroFocus IDOL.
Module 8: Retrieval
Having indexed a variety of content into IDOL, you will learn a variety of methods to query the engine. The initial interaction takes place using Find & Business Intelligence for Human Interface (BIFHI). Initial topics such as Conceptual Search, Automatic Query Guidance, Suggest More, Federated Search, Automatic Hyperlinking, Keyword, Boolean and Proximity search are presented. Then, learn how to execute the same queries using HTTP Action commands
Understand the different types of search:
Boolean and Proximity search
Automatic Query Guidance
Suggest More search
Module 9: MicroFocus IDOL Action Commands
Learn how to communicate directly with IDOL using HTTP action commands. Key areas including understanding the HTTP Action syntax, examining a wide variety of Action Commands and associated mandatory action parameters, in addition to a whole host of optional parameters.
Recognize how to perform the following:
Use the Action command syntax
Display the MicroFocus IDOL online help
Use the GetRequestLog/ GRL action
Use the Query action
Use the Suggest action
Use the GetContent action
Use the GetStatus action
Module 10: Setting Result Field Display
Configure MicroFocus IDOL to automatically display additional fields
Display additional fields for individual queries
MicroFocus IDOL displays by default the following fields:
Module 11: Backing Up MicroFocus IDOL
Learn how to set up IDOL back-up processes, immediately and on a scheduled basis.Learn about scheduled automatic backup at regular intervals
Perform an immediate backup
Module 12: Exporting Data from MicroFocus IDOL
Learn about IDOL maintenance procedures to promote best practice methods. You will learn how to take an existing IDOL index and export the content before re-importing the data again.
Export documents to an IDX file
Export documents to an XML file
Initialize MicroFocus IDOL in preparation to set up Parametric Refinement
Module 13: Parametric Refinement
Learn to configure and index data for parametric refinement using both Find/BIFHI parametric search functionality and direct action commands to demonstrate the full capability of guided navigation.
Indexing parametric data into MicroFocus IDOL
More about indexing
Module 14: Advanced Querying
In order to implement advanced query features both administrators and developers need to examine further pre-indexing considerations. Learn how to utilize the most effective retrieval methods that IDOL has to offer that solve business critical requirements.
Understand specific search features require specific MicroFocus IDOL configuration settings:
Exact Word Matches
Wildcarded Numbers or alphanumerics
Spelling Checking with DREFUZZY and SpellCheck actions
Module 15: Categorization
Organizing your information is a key method of allowing your users to navigate through vast quantities of unstructured data. Learn how to automatically categorize content at the point of index, thereby providing a meta rich index to search navigate or search from.
Recognize Categorization components within MicroFocus IDOL
Recognize how Categorization operations work within MicroFocus IDOL
Define the Taxonomy Structure
Use Category Action Commands
Module 16: Languages
Understand how to accurately process documents in different encodings.
Then, incorporate the Automatic Language Detection feature within IDOL.
Configuring MicroFocus IDOL to determine documents' language types at index time
Automatic Language Detection
Module 17: Monitoring and Reporting
Understand the role of IDOL’s License Server. Learn about the license process and how to “revoke” a license when required. Plus, information about Service action commands is covered.
Learn how the License Server can be controlled to provide the following functionality:
Module 18: Distributed Handlers
For multi-instance IDOL architectures, learn how to enable the Distributed Index Handler (DIH) to distribute content in a mirrored or non-mirrored architecture to support fail-over and load-balanced environments. Also, you will learn how to enable the Distributed Action Handler (DAH) to distribute action commands in a mirrored or non- mirrored architecture to support fail-over and load-balanced environments.
Recognize the Server install architecture
Define the Distributed Handlers
Module 19: Performance and Best Practice
Recognize Indexing Optimizations
Optimizing Query Operations
Optimizing Distributed Architectures
Useful MicroFocus IDOL Diagnostics
Module 20: Review
Recap what you have learned and some of the key points