How to Rebuild the Full-Text Index Catalog
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Applies to: Exchange Server 2007, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP3
Topic Last Modified: 2011-01-12
This topic describes two ways to rebuild the full-text index catalog, programmatically via an Exchange Management Shell script, and by manually deleting the full-text index catalog directory.
To programmatically rebuild the full-text index catalog, run the ResetSearchIndex.ps1 script provided at <drive>:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\Scripts\.
To manually rebuild the full-text index catalog, stop the Microsoft Exchange Search Service, delete the old catalog, and then restart the service. This procedure forces the server to re-create the full-text index catalog.
To perform the following procedures, the account you use must be delegated membership in the local Administrators group.
For more information about permissions, delegating roles, and the rights that are required to administer Exchange Server 2007, see Permission Considerations.
Stop the Microsoft Exchange Search Service by running the following command:
Net Stop MsExchangeSearch
Delete the full-text index catalog directory.
There are scripts located in the \Exchange Server\Scripts directory that can help you to administer and manage Exchange Search. Using the Exchange Management Shell, you can run the following scripts:
GetDatabaseForSearchIndex.ps1 When the index directory files are provided, this script returns the associated mailbox database names. Example script:
GetDatabaseForSearchIndex IndexDirectoryName1 IndexDirectoryName2
GetSearchIndexForDatabase.ps1 This script returns index directories for the specified mailbox database names. Example script:
GetSearchIndexForDatabase MailboxdatabaseName1 MailboxdatabaseName2 -All
Note: The directory name follows the convention CatalogData-<guid>-<guid> where the first <guid> is the GUID of the database, and the second <guid> represents the Instance GUID, which is used on a clustered mailbox server to distinguish between the nodes. The following is an example folder name: \CatalogData-b56624f3-bf19-4463-926f-d4705ac3dd08-cc64dd2d-2428-4f12-bba2-79d6d34c4d27
The typical path for the .edb files and the catalog data directory is: C:\program files\microsoft\exchange server\mailbox\first storage group\
You can use the following example to verify that you are targeting the appropriate catalog directory:
Start the Microsoft Exchange Search Service by running the following command:
Net Start MsExchangeSearch