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Indexing Service (System Services for the Windows Server 2003 Family and Windows XP Operating Systems)

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Service Name: cisvc

Executable Name: cisvc.exe

Log On As: LocalSystem

Description: Indexes contents and properties of files on local and remote computers and provides rapid access to files through a flexible querying language. It also enables quick searching of documents on local and remote computers and a search index for content shared on the Web. The Indexing Service builds indexes of all textual information in files and documents. Once the initial index build is complete, the Indexing Service maintains its indexes whenever a file is created, modified, or deleted.

Initial indexing can be resource-intensive. On Windows, the Indexing Service will index only when this service is started and the computer is idle. Using the MMC Indexing Service snap in, allows the configuration of resource allocation which are optimized for query or indexing usage patterns.

If this service is stopped or disabled, all search functionality is provided by traversing the folder hierarchy and scanning each file for the requested string and search responses will be slower. If the MMC Indexing Service snap in is used to create a new catalog, the catalog will remain offline until this service is started.

Available on: Windows XP Home, Professional; Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition and Windows Server 2003, Web Edition.

Installed by: Default operating system installation

Startup type: Manual

Service status: Stopped, will start when using Configure Your Server/Manage Your Server to configure the File Server role.

This service depends on the following system components:

Remote Procedure Call

The following system components depend on this service: None

IP Port Numbers used:

TCP: 80

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