Can I have FullText Search on only one table?

This is SQL 2014.

I have a table with 3,000,000 rows something. It has lots of columns and we're thinking about using this flat file as our search table.

Can I have Full Text Search applied to this table only and not affect the rest of the database? My manager says something about FTS is not portable and will be a hassle to port to production database.

We do wildcard search on 6 of the columns
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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
Can I have Full Text Search applied to this table only and not affect the rest of the database?

Yes.  Full Text (FT) must be enabled by individual table/column.  Unspecified tables will not be affected.


My manager says something about FTS is not portable and will be a hassle to port to production database.

There is some set up required, but if you plan it out, it's not that difficult to do.
CamilliaAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Scott.
CamilliaAuthor Commented:
Another question.... FTS would help even tho we're doing a wildcard search on those 4 or 5 columns?
Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
Typically it does.  FTS allows wildcard searches, with CONTAINS if nothing else.

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CamilliaAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Scott. I'll speak with my manager.
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