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Catalog folder

It seems that there is some issue and we have a Catalogdata folder too Huge.  We have 16 DB’s, there are 2 DB's that have huge Catalog folders. If i stop the Search service, will the other catalogdata folders become inconsistent or any issues seen for them. I assume that once done on Active i will only be reseeding the Catalog or will it just start seeding from another copy as soon as I start the service?

Should i be planning for some Backup

Thanks in Advance !
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Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
If i stop the Search service, will the other catalogdata folders become inconsistent or any issues seen for them - By inconsistent i would mean users wont have Search working

I assume that once done on Active i will only be reseeding the Catalog or will it just start seeding from another copy as soon as I start the service? - Nopes i dont think so, you will have to reseed with a -CatalogOnly option

Yes hope you have a Good DB backup and that should be it

- Rancy
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vicky19Author Commented:
Thanks again but have few more Queries and Steps to work

Can i work on the Passive Node and then do a failover and come back to this server ?
Would i need to suspend the SGcopy ?

Thanks
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Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
No this should be done on active and then updated to passive ..... i would recommend you to work with this over a weekend or After production hours as it doesnt takes much of time

Steps for DAG
Index is usually estimated to take up to 8-10% of the db size (So it will take sometime to rebuild depending on the size of the DB)

Active Node:
1. Suspend the Storage Group Copy Status.
2. Stop the Microsoft Exchange Search Indexer service.
3. Delete the CatalogData files.
4. Start the Search service.
5. Resume the Storage Group Copy Status.

Once done run this command from the Passive server
Update-MailboxDatabaseCopy -Identity "Database Name" -SourceServer "ServerName" -CatalogOnly

- Rancy
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vicky19Author Commented:
Thanks for the details will try the suggestion and update you with how it goes
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Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
Will await your update but am sure will go good as i have done it myself after working some hours in labs and then in production and also assisted people on many a forums

- Rancy
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vicky19Author Commented:
Plan is on for this weekend will let you know
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