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Using Windows Search for Content Search

SOLIDWORKS PDM uses the Windows Search service to perform content searches.

Previously, SOLIDWORKS PDM content search used the Microsoft Indexing Service. Because Microsoft does not support the Indexing Service for Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 operating systems, SOLIDWORKS PDM uses the Windows Search service to support content search.

Administrators can choose an indexing method, Indexing Service, or Windows Search. Administrators of upgraded systems can still use the Indexing Service, while administrators of new systems that have not been previously indexed should use Windows Search.

To use the Windows Search for Content Search:

  • The administrator must configure the Windows Search service and index a file vault archive folder.
  • The file vault archive folder that is being indexed must be:
    • On the same machine as the configured Windows Search service.
    • Accessible to the Windows Search service to build a system index.
  • If the file vault archive folder is on a different machine than an SQL server:
    • The administrator must share the file vault archive folder.
    • The logged in user running the SQL server service must have full permission to the shared folder.

When the Windows Search service builds the system index, the administrator can set up SOLIDWORKS PDM to use the system index.

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