How to populate an Exchange public folder index

Brien Posey
After you create the Exchange public folder index, you have to populate it. Index population can take a long time, because the entire public folder store must be read first.

Before you begin populating the index, configure Exchange Server so that nobody can search the index until you're done. If somebody searches the public folder index while you're populating, they could receive incomplete search results. More importantly, though, their searches would slow down the indexing process.

To disable Exchange public folder index searches:

  1. Right click on the public folder store and select Properties.

  2. Select the Full Text Indexing tab, and deselect the This Index is Currently Available for Searching by Clients checkbox.

  3. Click OK and you are ready to populate the index.

  4. Right click on the public folder store and select Start Full Population.

Tutorial: Indexing Exchange Server public folder content


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 Part 1: How to create an Exchange public folder index
 Part 2: How to populate an Exchange public folder index
 Part 3: How to update an Exchange public folder index
 Part 4: Benefits of Exchange public folder indexing
 Part 5: Performance considerations for Exchange public folder indexing
 Part 6: Related links

Brien M. Posey, MCSE
Brien is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his work with Windows 2000 Server and IIS. He has served as CIO for a nationwide chain of hospitals and was once in charge of IT security for Fort Knox. As a freelance technical writer, he has written for Microsoft, TechTarget, CNET, ZDNet, MSD2D, Relevant Technologies and other technology companies.

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