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Forming a Federation from Multiple DataFinder Instances

Last Modified: August 14, 2019

Use Federations to access data from multiple distributed DataFinder instances with one search query. A Federation is a group of DataFinder instances that combine their results when responding to a query.

  1. In Data Indexing, click Federation Instances.
  2. Click New»Federation Instance.
  3. Enter a name for the Federation instance. Clients use the name to connect to the Federation instance.
  4. Enable Export member connection automatically and click Finish.
  5. Save the Federation instance connection file.

    To add a DataFinder instance to an existing Federation instance, select the Federation instance and select »Connect»Export Federation Member Connection to create a connection file with the file extension *.fed.

  6. Switch to the Dashboard and click DataFinder Instances.
  7. Select the DataFinder instance you want to add to the Federation instance and select »Manage»Federation Membership.
  8. Enable Join a Federation and click Add.
  9. Select the Federation connection file, click Open and then OK.
  10. Click Apply in the highlighted area to accept the settings. You can find the recently added Federation instance in the Federation instance overview.
  11. Optional: Repeat steps 4 through 7 to add more DataFinder instances to the Federation.

For a list of Federation instance members, switch to the Dashboard, click Federation Instances, select the instance, and click »Manage»Members. For a list of all connected Federation instances, go to »Manage»Federation Membership in a DataFinder instance.


It may take a while for the Federation instance to recognize the added DataFinder instance as a member. Open the member information of the Federation instance and click »Manage»Refresh to accelerate this process.

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