[THIN] Re: Turning on Windows Search on XenApp servers

  • From: Greg Reese <gareese@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Thin <thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:27:46 -0500

My other thought would be something like the Google Search Appliance if you
can't make this work for you.

On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 8:22 AM, James Rankin <kz20fl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Thanks! I've already dug up the Registry value to turn on the "search file
> contents in non-indexed locations", hopefully with this I can configure a
> robust policy set.
>
> Cheers,
>
>
> JR
>
> On 21 October 2014 14:20, Greg Reese <gareese@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
>> this is a little dated but might get you going the right direction.
>>
>> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732491(v=ws.10).aspx
>>
>> https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/60fdd642-6c2c-493b-887f-6213ca01cfd5/registry-keysentries-of-the-default-indexed-paths-and-default-excluded-paths-policies?forum=w7itprogeneral
>>
>> On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 8:14 AM, James Rankin <kz20fl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> That sounds like an idea, provided I can enable the Windows Search
>>> service without actually selecting a drive. I'm not interested in the local
>>> drives at all - it's a network drive where the users will be searching, so
>>> effectively we simply want Windows Search to work in non-indexed network
>>> drives only, completely ignoring (and also not indexing!) the local drives.
>>>
>>> Cheers,
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> JR
>>>
>>> On 21 October 2014 14:07, Greg Reese <gareese@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>
>>>> I haven't tested this and I am not full up on my coffee yet, but i
>>>> think this gets disabled because Windows search is going to index all the
>>>> files on the disk.  Thinking about how PVS works, this will end up causing
>>>> the entire image to stream as the index service does its thing.  Not good
>>>> and it kind of defeats the purpose.
>>>>
>>>> If your users don't need to search that drive, you might be able to get
>>>> away with changing the settings to skip the system drives.  I'm not
>>>> entirely sure that's possible but it seem like it should be.  Maybe it
>>>> would work if you let it index prior to capturing the disk for PVS.
>>>>
>>>> Turn it on for a while and see what you notice. If you don't see your
>>>> storage get hammered and your disk cache doesn't explode, you should be
>>>> ok.  Are you using cache in ram with disk overflow? That will give you the
>>>> best steady state iops performance.
>>>>
>>>> Greg
>>>>
>>>> On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 7:55 AM, James Rankin <kz20fl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> I have a requirement for users to be able to search in file contents
>>>>> from published versions of Windows Explorer.
>>>>>
>>>>> However, as these are PVS images, it seems that the PVS Device
>>>>> Optimizer turns off the Windows Search functionality which is needed to
>>>>> allow searching for keywords in file content (I've tested by reinstalling
>>>>> the Windows Search Role Service and this allows the search to function as
>>>>> required)
>>>>>
>>>>> My question is, how much of a performance impact are we likely to see
>>>>> by enabling Windows Search on PVS imaged XenApp servers? Would it be
>>>>> recommended to enable it, or is there another way to enable this
>>>>> functionality for the users?
>>>>>
>>>>> Regards,
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> --
>>>>> *James Rankin*
>>>>> ---------------------
>>>>> RCL - Senior Technical Consultant (ACA, CCA, MCTS) | The
>>>>> Virtualization Practice Analyst - Desktop Virtualization
>>>>> http://appsensebigot.blogspot.co.uk
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> --
>>> *James Rankin*
>>> ---------------------
>>> RCL - Senior Technical Consultant (ACA, CCA, MCTS) | The Virtualization
>>> Practice Analyst - Desktop Virtualization
>>> http://appsensebigot.blogspot.co.uk
>>>
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> *James Rankin*
> ---------------------
> RCL - Senior Technical Consultant (ACA, CCA, MCTS) | The Virtualization
> Practice Analyst - Desktop Virtualization
> http://appsensebigot.blogspot.co.uk
>

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