What can we do to configure Windows Search 4.0 on our Windows 2003 Terminal Server to get better performance?

Posted on 2011-03-14
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
We are having performance issues on one of our terminal servers that is (at least for now) also our file server.  We can see that Windows Search is indexing almost constantly.  Should we just uninstall it or is there something we can do to increase performance?
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Stop the indexing service and disable it.

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We tried that, and it turned itself back on.  I assume because there was several users logged in at the time.  At this point I think we're gonna try uninstalling it after hours.  It's not clear how it got installed in the first place.   Still looking for any suggestions though.  Especially if you've experienced the same issue and overcame it.
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It looks like IE7 may have something to do with the slowdown.  We are still experiencing freeze ups intermittantly.  We are monitoring and tweeking to see if we can dial in on what is going on.  This is a One thing I didn't make clear is this is a 64 bit machine.
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Upgrade to 8...See if that works...or repair 7

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Upgraded the Server hardware and went to Windows Server 2008 64 bit.  The system was nearing end of life cycle anyway.

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This is not the ideal fix, but it was successful and thats the bottom line.

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