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Windows Server 2008 Index

Posted on 2011-10-03
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I'm currently using Indexing on  my Windows Server 2008 File Server but it appears to be corrupt....new files I add to the server are not showing up in search results.

Before I delete and rebuild my Index I wanted to check if anyone knows if there's an upper limit to how big the Index can/should be?

It currently has 2,165,574 items across 4 drives (it's a big file server)!

Anyone know if that's to big for Windows Indexing to handle?
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Justin Owens earned 2000 total points
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Microsoft Indexing Server is the grandfather of Windows Indexing Service found in Server 2008.  It has no published limit.  In fact, it advertises that is has no built in limit:


Your problem is going to be that is not practical, because your will hit a hardware limit.  Your best bet is to do some benchmarking to see where your index size is when your machine starts to slow down.  Honestly, if I were in your shoes, I would rebuild the index and monitor it.  If it gets slow again, then you can try to build multiple indexing catalogs, but that is a royal pain in the rear.


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I am not sure why the author is requesting a delete.  Not sure what "fhdf" means nor how to respond.

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Hi Southmod....

I didn't try to delete this question, I wasn't evern aware there was an attempt to delete it...I've just logged in seen your (rather rude) comments.
You might consider investigating things a little further before you start accusing members of behving unproferssionally.

Will change my account password now


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