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Creating a Federation of Multiple DataFinder Instances

Last Modified: June 24, 2021

Use Federations to access data from multiple DataFinder instances with a single search query. A Federation groups multiple DataFinder instances from the SystemLink or distributed servers and combines their search results.


You can only access a Federation from Data Navigation if the federated DataFinder instances are on the same SystemLink server. Enable Web Access in the Federation to access it from Data Navigation.

  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 connection file of the Federation instance.
  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 member connection file, click Open»OK.
  10. Click Apply to accept the settings. The Federation instance you added is now in the List of all joined Federation instances under Federation-Membership.
  11. Optional: Repeat steps 5 through 10 to add more DataFinder instances to the Federation.

    To add a DataFinder instance to an existing Federation, select the Federation instance and click »Connect»Export Federation Member Connection and save the connection file with the file extension *.fed to a place where you can access it from the DataFinder instance.

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 Federation instances which a DataFinder instance has joined, switch to the Dashboard, click DataFinder Instances, select the instance and click »Manage»Federation Membership.


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 Refresh to update the view.

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