Using Exchange Server 2003 Full-Text Indexing


Topic Last Modified: 2005-05-06

When you deploy full-text indexing, you select an individual public folder or mailbox store to be indexed. Users can then conduct full-text searches on the messages and attachments contained in the public folder or mailbox store. By default, the index contains the subject and body of a message, along with names of the sender and recipient and any names that appear in the Cc and Bcc fields. The index also includes text from the following types of attachments: .doc, .xls, .ppt, .html, .htm, .asp, .txt, and .eml (embedded Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) messages) files. Binary attachments, such as pictures and sounds, are not indexed.

Search results are only as accurate as the last time the index was updated. Because the content of public folders or mailbox stores changes, the index must be updated to reflect the new content. Index updates can be performed manually or automatically on a schedule.

To work with full-text indexes, you must be at least an Exchange Administrator. To move files as described in these topics, you must have Read and Write permissions on the appropriate drives and directories.