What do I need to do in order to deploy the appliance in my network?
The Google Mini setup process is fairly easy. You find a place for the Mini, plug it into your network, configure via the Mini's web interface, and then point it at the content you want indexed. Making full use of the Mini's other features will take a bit longer, of course, but getting the Mini up and crawling should be fairly straightforward. The reality is that the Google Mini is a search server and will be accessing content scattered all over your network. The Mini will work in pretty much any TCP/IP network environment. As long as the content is web enabled (accessible via HTTP or HTTPS) the Google Mini will be able to crawl it. We have customers who have deployed the Mini in their company intranets for internal usage, as well as organizations that keep the Google Mini in their office, and use it to index their externally hosted website over the Internet. It is a really great idea to work with your network administrator before you configure the Google Mini. There are several things to consider before installing the Google Mini. For example, the Google Mini will be another server on the network and will need a static IP address. The other thing to consider is access to the content that is going to be crawled by the Google Mini. Are there any proxy servers or firewalls between the Google Mini and content? If so, how will the Mini access this content? Are there any routing tables or ACLs that would prevent the Mini from accessing parts of the network?