Applying updates is a straight forwards process. You won’t lose your configuration if you follow the steps mentioned below.

  1. download the latest (newer) version of the IT search web application
  2. make a copy of the Windows directory where the web-application resides
    1. just in case something goes wrong
  3. stop the associated IIS application pool in the IIS management console
  4. select all files and folders in Windows Explorer where the web-application resides
    1. deselect the folder App_Data
      1. this is where your configuration database resides
    2. deselect the folder Resources (if it exists)
      1. this is where your logo resides, if you uploaded one
  5. delete the remaining files and folders
  6. unzip the downloaded version
  7. copy the files and folders from the zip to the web-application folder
  8. start the associated IIS application pool
  9. open the web application interface in your browser like http://search.domain.local

After that you should be all set. Of course, double check your configuration and make sure you can validate the search targets.