Configuring System Resource Usage During Full-Text Indexing


Topic Last Modified: 2005-05-13

Exchange can create and manage indexes for fast searches and lookups. With full-text indexing, Exchange indexes every word in a database, making faster searching possible. Full-text indexing is a feature that you can configure for individual stores on a server, and optimize on a server-by-server basis across your Exchange organization. For more information about how to configure full-text indexing to support your Exchange organization, see "Managing Recipients and Recipient Policies in Exchange Server 2003" and "Using Exchange Server 2003 Full-Text Indexing" in Working with the Exchange Server 2003 Store.

Full-text indexing allows IMAP4 clients and MAPI clients, such as Microsoft Office Outlook®, to conduct full-text searches. For Outlook users, the version of Outlook determines what search options the user has:

  • In Outlook 2002, both the Find and Advanced Find options on the Tools menu initiate a full-text search.

  • In Outlook 2000, only the Advanced Find option initiates a full-text search. The Find option initiates a character-based search.

Indexing is a resource-intensive feature that requires a significant number of CPU cycles. Indexing gigabytes of data can take hours or days. Schedule indexing when the server is not being heavily used. For detailed instructions, see How to Control Server Performance During Indexing.