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Full Text Indexing witih SQL 2000 and ColdFusion 8 Search Server

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We run a large public news website and would like our readers to search through hundreds of thousands of stories saved in NTEXT and TEXT data types.  Stories are generally no larger than 15,00 to 20,000 characters. We considered varchar but because of the size limitaion in sql2000, we have not. We're using SQL 2000 and Coldfusion 8 standard. I used sql2005 as the category because I could not find any here for sql 2000.

We've been looking at Full Text Indexing then also saw a reference to ColdFusion 8 Search server and wondered if that "server" can do the job, or if Full Text Indexing works with it, separately, etc.  Or what.

I'd sure like a narrative here and easy to understand overview of the best and easilest way to set up fulltext seaches on our news site. I know it would be good to upgrade to SQL 2005 but I don't think that's going to happen so we'll need to stay with SQL 2000 for now.

I really need not only to undstand how to best set this up in SQL but also use CF8 to work with it.

Comments. Suggestions. What to avoid? Which does what? If you just paste links please first be sure they're written for novices, easy to understand, and for sql2000. My best hope is to find a very easy but complete overview

As it is now, I  know next to nothing about either and am not sure in what direction to do.
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