Windows Desktop Search 3.0 – Be prepared…

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

I detailed the installation steps for WDS 3.0 and also discussed some of the WDS 3.0 quirks in previous posts.
What has now also become evident after two days is that WDS 3.0 will need to completely rebuild and re-index everything on your computer.
It seems that the old 2.x.x index files are not compatible with 3.0, at least that’s the conclusion I’ve come to since it’s been chugging away indexing items on my laptop for 2 days now.

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As you can see, the items left to scan keeps rising as it processes my massive email files. Interestingly enough though, it doesn’t seem to know how many items have been indexed which is a new bug as that worked in the 2.x.x series.

A little warning stating that the indexes will have to be completely rebuilt and that your machine would be near useless (in my case at least due to the massive amount of email to index) for a while would have been good.
Had I known, I probably would have done the installation on Friday and let it chug away over the weekend.

So if you’re getting ready to install WDS 3.0, be prepared… and preferably do it over a weekend.




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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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