Applies to: Exchange Server 2010 SP2
Topic Last Modified: 2013-02-14
By default, Exchange Search is enabled for all new mailbox databases and does not require additional configuration. However, if you want to stop Exchange Search from indexing mailbox content, you can disable it for individual mailbox databases or for an entire Mailbox server.
|Disabling Exchange Search impacts the functionality and
performance of the full-text searches that are performed by your
users using Outlook in online mode or on Windows mobile
In-Place eDiscovery also relies on Exchange Search. If you disable Exchange Search for a mailbox database or for a Mailbox server, In-Place eDiscovery searches won't return any messages from the database or server.
For additional management tasks related to Exchange Search, see Exchange Search Procedures.
What do you need to know before you begin?
- Estimated time to complete each procedure: 1 minute
- Procedures in this topic require specific permissions. See each
procedure for its permissions information.
- You can enable or disable Exchange Search for servers or
mailbox databases but not for individual mailbox users.
- For information about keyboard shortcuts that may apply to the
procedures in this topic, see Keyboard Shortcuts in
the Exchange Admin Center.
What do you want to do?
Disable or enable Exchange Search for a mailbox database
You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure or procedures. To see what permissions you need, see the “Exchange Search” entry in the Recipients Permissions topic.
|You can’t use the EAC to disable or enable Exchange Search for a mailbox database.|
This command disables Exchange Search for a mailbox database named EXCH01:
Set-MailboxDatabase "Mailbox Database (EXCH01)" -IndexEnabled $false
This command enables Exchange Search for a mailbox database named EXCH01:
Set-MailboxDatabase "Mailbox Database (EXCH01)" -IndexEnabled $true
For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Set-MailboxDatabase.
Disable or enable Exchange Search for a Mailbox server
To disable or enable Exchange Search for a Mailbox server, you must disable and stop or enable and start the Microsoft Exchange Search service. You can use either the Services console or the Shell to do this.
You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure or procedures. To see what permissions you need, see the “Manage Exchange Search service on a Mailbox server” entry in the Recipients Permissions topic.
Use the Services console
- Navigate to Start > Administrative Tools >
- In the Services details pane, right-click the
Microsoft Exchange Search service, and then select
- On the General tab, in the Startup type list,
select Disabled to disable the service or Automatic
to start it automatically.
Note: The startup type impacts the service the next time an attempt is made to start it, either automatically after the server is restarted or by manually starting the service. In the next step, the service is stopped or started manually.
- Click Stop to stop the service or Start to start
Use the Shell
The following examples stop and disable the Microsoft Exchange Search service.
Stop-Service MSExchangeFastSearch Set-Service MSExchangeSearch -StartupType Disabled
The following examples configure the Exchange Search service to start automatically and then start the service.
Set-Service MSExchangeFastSearch -StartupType Automatic Start-Service MSExchangeSearch