## Sitecore 8 + Solr (part 2/3): Install Solr

In part one of this series, I covered the installation of Tomcat. Now we are ready to get an instance of Solr up and running.

2. Extract the contents of the .zip to a temporary location of your choice.
3. Find the \dist folder in the extracted solr-4.10.3 directory. Rename the solr-4.10.3.war to solr.war and copy the file to the Tomcat’s \webapps folder. The path in my environment was C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Tomcat 8.0\webapps.
4. Create an empty Solr home folder. This will be the permanent place of residence on your machine for your Solr instance. For example, D:\solr is where I put my Solr instance.
5. Find the \example\solr folder in the extracted solr-4.10.3 directory. Copy the contents of \example\solr to the empty Solr home folder you just created in step 4.
6. Find the \example\lib\ext folder in the extracted solr-4.10.3 directory. Copy the contents of \example\lib\ext to Tomcat’s \lib folder. The path in my environment was C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Tomcat 8.0\lib.
7. Set the home directory for Solr in Tomcat. This is done by adding a new Java option with the Monitor Tomcat program. In my case, the option was -Dsolr.solr.home=D:\solr

8. Stop/start Tomcat and try browsing to your Solr instance. For example, http://tomcat:8080/solr.

In the third and final post of this series I'll show you how to get Sitecore and your shiny, new Solr instance working together.