FAST Search Server 2010

Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010

Topic Last Modified: 2010-12-20

Removes a full text index from the Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint system.

Remove-FASTSearchMetadataFullTextIndex -FullTextIndex <FullTextIndex> [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-Force <SwitchParameter>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]
Remove-FASTSearchMetadataFullTextIndex -Name <String> [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-Force <SwitchParameter>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]

This cmdlet removes a full text index. The content of the index is removed and is no longer searchable. The managed properties mapped to the full text index are still available and can be mapped to other or new full text indexes.

This cmdlet contains more than one parameter set. You may only use parameters from one parameter set, and you may not combine parameters from different parameter sets. When doing simple operations, there is no difference between using the FullTextIndex versus the Name parameter. The only difference is when using the Name parameter you look up the full text index each time, while when using the FullTextIndex parameter you use the object you already have a reference to. However, when dealing with operations involving a large set of objects (for example iterating over all categories), avoiding extra lookups by name can be slightly more efficient. For more information about how to use parameter sets, see Cmdlet Parameter Sets.

Do not delete and re-create a full text index with the same name but a different configuration. The re-created full text index will initially contain all items that were indexed in this full text index prior to deletion. The items that no longer belong in the full text index will appear in query results until the items are updated or deleted.


Parameter Required Type Description




A full text index object representing the full text index to remove.




The name of the full text index to remove.




Activates user prompting to confirm the operation. If set, prompting is activated. If Confirm is false (-Confirm:$false), confirmation prompting is not used.

In cases where Confirm is not specified, the cmdlet will prompt if the $ConfirmPreference shell variable is equal to or greater than the ConfirmImpact setting of the cmdlet (HIGH).




Overrides any user prompting settings, so that confirmation of the operation is not required.




Displays a message that describes the effect of the command instead of executing the command. For more information, type the following command: get-help about_commonparameters

---------------EXAMPLE 1-----------------

Remove-FASTSearchMetadataFullTextIndex -name secondarycontent

This example removes the full text index named “secondarycontent” from the FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint system. The cmdlet asks for confirmation as long as neither the Force parameter is used or the $ConfirmPreference environment is set to a higher value than HIGH.

---------------EXAMPLE 2-----------------

$index=Get-FASTSearchMetadataFullTextIndex -name secondarycontent
Remove-FASTSearchMetadataFullTextIndex -FullTextIndex $index -force

This example removes the full text index represented by the $index variable. Since the Force parameter is specified, confirmation of the index removal is not used.