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.

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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.

  • You got it :) The Sync-TcmSearchIndex command adds messages to the Search queue and if you remove them, the index stops. Thanks! Commented Apr 17, 2014 at 21:37

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