Search Indexing

Enterprise Tester features a comprehensive search engine which will periodically require search indexing to be performed.

Certain actions (such as adding custom fields) trigger a re-index to be performed. This enables the new information to become searchable.

Re-indexing can take anywhere from 5 to 60 minutes depending on many factors including database performance, IO performance of the disk where the Enterprise Tester indexes are being stored (a slow SAN/NAS based disk can impact on indexing and search performance) and the number of records and relationships stored in Enterprise Tester. As an example, during the testing of this feature a database with 100,000 entities took 30 minutes to re-index.

Performing a Re-index

If a re-index is required and an Administrator logs into Enterprise Tester – they will be redirected to the Indexing Administration page.

As an Administrator you can also access the Index screen by double clicking the Indexing node in the explorer tree:

To Re-index:

  1. Ensure it is an appropriate time to perform the re-index, it is recommended that you perform re-indexing out of hours or during off peak times. Users can still log in while the re-index is underway, but results in searches, grids and graphs will be inconsistent until the re-indexing process has completed.
  2. Click the “Re-index Now” button.
  3. Select “—All Projects –“ from the Project dropdown.
  4. Check “Optimize” if required (selecting Optimize will result in smaller and more efficient search indexes, however the re-indexing process will take longer and may affect users working in the system). Click “OK”

A reindex progress bar will be displayed:

A confirmation of re-index completion will be displayed:

When the re-index completes, the indexing window should refresh and the value “Requires Index” value should be “No”.

Other Indexing Administration Tabs

  • Fields Tab – lists all indexed fields.
  • Reserved Words Tab – lists all system reserved words that shouldn’t be used in custom fields.

Changing the indexes folder location

By default the location of the Indexes folder will default to the "Data" folder of your installation. The indexes folder can grow up to 1 gigabyte in size, so if you don't have a lot of space free on your installation drive, or prefer to store data in a different location, you can change the web.config file to specify this location. See the app-setting-configuration mini-guide for details of how to do this.

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