I have started a full publication reindex process using the online documentation. I want to stop it...can it be done? Tried killing the Search Host, running a new reindex on a single publication, and even rebooting the machine...nothing. As soon as the search host is started back up the reindex continues.

Thanks in advance.


This should be possible. First, stop the Tridion Content Manager Search Indexer service. Then open a 64 bit PowerShell console run as Administrator user and execute the commands as shown below:

Windows PowerShell
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PS C:\> Import-Module Tridion.ContentManager.Automation
PS C:\> Remove-TcmQueueMessages SearchQueue

Are you sure you want to perform this action?
Performing the operation "Remove-TcmQueueMessages" on target "SearchQueue".
[Y] Yes  [A] Yes to All  [N] No  [L] No to All  [S] Suspend  [?] Help (default is "Y"): Y
PS C:\>

After the queue has been purged, you can restart the Search Indexer service.

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  • You got it :) The Sync-TcmSearchIndex command adds messages to the Search queue and if you remove them, the index stops. Thanks! – Trevor Bartlett Apr 17 '14 at 21:37

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