X1 is in… WDS is out…

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

I’be been documenting my woes with Windows Desktop Search indexing seemingly not ever getting done. It seems like WDS would index the files and then when I reboot my computer and restart Outlook, WDS starts the indexing processing all over again.
On 12/16, there was only 7,407 items left to scan.

But then on 12/18 the count has again increased to 131,687.

So, I finally gave up.
I originally used X1 Desktop Search when I started on the Office 12 beta cycle and had to install WDS.
I did not want to have 2 indexers running on my computer so I went with WDS for the past 15 months.
Two years ago when I bought X1 it was $80 for a client license.
Today it is now the X1 Enterprise Client and it is FREE!
Anyway, I had experimented and found out that I can actually uninstall WDS so I decided to at least try something different.
I uninstalled WDS and installed XEC.
X1 began indexing right away…

And within less than 1 day, a work day with a heavy work load, indexing was complete.

The X1 indexer also is much less resource intensive and allows much better flexibility in configuration to make it less obtrusive. So, I’m back using X1 again… at least until WDS gets fixed. J




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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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