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Microsoft Index Server


A catalog is the highest level unit of organization in Microsoft Index Server. Each catalog is an entirely self-contained unit, containing an index and cached properties for one or more scopes (virtual server). Index Server queries cannot span multiple catalogs.


The collection of all documents stored on an IIS site for indexing is called a corpus. The corpus stored in one or more physical storage locations on the local machine and another connected file server that defined as either virtual servers or virtual directories. The administrator configures the scope of the corpus by specifying which directories will be indexed.

Improved speed performance achieved by having Index Server data on a different drive than the drive that contains the corpus.

System Requirements

This topic lists the minimum hardware and software required to run Index Server.

A 486/DX4-100 computer with 32 MB of RAM, running Windows NT Server 4.0, services queries well if the number of simultaneous queries is not too high. For a small organization, this may be sufficient; but for a larger group serving more users, higher performance hardware recommended.

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