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About Coveo Platform Folders and Key Files

The following table identifies the three main folders where Coveo Platform files are installed. You can customize the base folders when you install the Coveo Enterprise Search components on Back-End servers and the Coveo .NET Front-End components on Front-End servers.

Server Folder description Folder reference Default path
Back-End CES installation folder [CES_Path] C:\Program Files\Coveo Enterprise Search 7
Back-End Coveo index folder [Index_Path] C:\CES7
Front-End .Net front-end installation folder [.Net_Front-End_Path] C:\Program Files\Coveo .NET Front-End 12

Back-End CES Installation Folder and Files

[CES_Path]

This folder is the root folder for the CES binary and web files.

Example: The default path is C:\Program Files\Coveo Enterprise Search 7\

You can select a different path when you install CES (see Installing CES on the Master Server).

[CES_Path]\Backups

This folder is created when you install a newer version or release of CES 7. For each upgrade, a subfolder is created using the current date and time (in the yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm format) and contains a backup of the [CES_Path]\Instance folder.

[CES_Path]\Bin

This folder contains all the CES binary files.

[CES_Path]\CoreDumps

This folder is created when CES encounters a fatal error conditions. The complete CES process state is written to this folder to leave a trace of the issue context. These files can be used by the Coveo Support to diagnose the problem.

Note: The Coveo administrator can automatically receive an email alert message when a CES fatal error occurs (see Configuring Email Alerts).

[CES_Path]\Installer

This folder contains the last CES installer used and the incremental installer patch file (.msp) applied to the current installed version. Do not delete or modify these files that are managed by the installer.

[CES_Path]\Instance

This folder contains configuration files for this Coveo instance.

[CES_Path]\Instance\License.txt

This text file contains the encrypted information describing the indexing capacity as well as optional features and modules that you purchased (see About the Coveo License).

[CES_Path]\Web\Admin

This folder contains all the Administration Tool files and subfolders.

[CES_Path]\Web\Admin\Web.config

This file contains the basic Web server configuration for the Administration Tool.

Back-End Coveo Index Folder and Files

[Index_Path]

This folder contains the index and by default the associated files. You can change the default root folder (C:\CES7) and default subfolders for various associated files at the end of the installation process (see Installing CES on the Master Server). It is recommended to install the index on a dedicated hard disk drive (see Index Size).

Example: If D: is the dedicated hard disk drive, the index folder can be D:\CES7.

You can also move the index after it was created (see Moving the Index to a Different Hard Disk Drive and Moving the Index to Another Server).

[Index_Path]\CertStore

This folder is the central store for the search security certificates used by the Coveo instance components to manage security (see About Search Security Certificate).

[Index_Path]\Config

This folder contains the CES configuration files.

[Index_Path]\Config\Config.txt

This text file contains the CES configuration parameters that you can change from the Administration Tool.

Important: Do not directly edit this file unless explicitly instructed to do so by a Coveo Support agent.

Note: When you upgrade CES, the installer makes a backup copy of this file, adding the release number to the backup file name like Config-4757.txt.

[Index_Path]\Config\Config.bin

This file is the binary version of the CES configuration file (Config.txt) that is automatically created by CES. It must not be modified manually.

[Index_Path]\Config\Thesaurus.xml

This XML file contains the description of synonyms used to expand searches at query time. By default, this file contains no synonyms (see What Is the Thesaurus?).

[Index_Path]\Index

This folder contains all the files and subfolders constituting the Coveo unified index.

[Index_Path]\Index\Default

This folder contains all the files and subfolders constituting the default mirror (see Coveo Scalability Model).

[Index_Path]\Index\Default\Default

This folder contains all the files and subfolders constituting the default slice (see Coveo Scalability Model).

[Index_Path]\Log

This folder contains all the Coveo index and system log files that you can review and manage from the Administration Tool (see Administration Tool - Logs Tab).

[Index_Path]\Temp

This folder contains temporary cache files created and used by CES.

Front-End Folders and Files

[.Net_Front-End_Path]

This folder contains the Coveo .NET Front-End files.

Example: The default path is C:\Program Files\Coveo .NET Front-End 12

[.Net_Front-End_Path]\Bin

This folder contains all the Coveo .NET Front-End binary files.

[.Net_Front-End_Path]\Web

This folder contains all the files and subfolders for Coveo .NET Front-End search interfaces.

[.Net_Front-End_Path]\Web\Web.config

This file contains the Web server configuration for .NET search interfaces.

[[.Net_Front-End_Path]\Web\*.aspx

These files are used as the default documents in IIS for the Coveo Enterprise Search website.

[.Net_Front-End_Path]\Web\Coveo\Skins

This folder contains the subfolders for all the out-of-the-box and customized skins used by the Coveo .NET search interfaces (see Moving Skins).

[.Net_Front-End_Path]\Web\SearchAdmin

This folder contains the .NET Interface Editor files and subfolders.

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