Trying to figure out what I gain by starting/implementing Foundation Search service

Hi, I am trying to duplicate what my old WSS 3.0 server was running and I noticed in the SQL 2005 Data folder that their is a WSS_Search_ServerName.mdf file & log file.

I have a test system running SharePoint Foundation 2010 with SQL 2005 x64 SP4 and it too displays a WSS_Search_SererName.mdf file & log file.

However, when i look at the services running on the Foundation 2010 server, it displays the SharePoint Foundation Search stopped.

My production SharePoint Foundation 2010 server with remote SQL 2005 x64 SP4 is not displaying a WSS_Search_ServerName.mdf file & log file.  But the services running on the Foundation 2010 server display that the SharePoint Foundation Search is stopped too.


How do I get this WSS_Search_ServerName.mdf & log files to appear in my production Foundation server SQL 2005 databases?

Does it get created if I start the SharePoint Foundation Search service on the Foundation server?  

Or does this have something to do with how SQL 2005 was installed?

What do I gain with this Search service?


Thanks in advance.
rsnellmanIT ManagerAsked:
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Justin SmithSr. System EngineerCommented:
It gets created (if it doest already exist) when you start and configure the Foundation Search service.

This service enables you to perform searches on your sites.
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rsnellmanIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thanks.  I thought so, but wanted a SharePoint guru's feedback.

You are truly awesome.

Enjoy the day.
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