Office Server Search Indexer Catalogs Test

The MOSS 2007 Search feature is implemented using two MOSS services:

  • Indexing: Responsible for crawling content sources and building index files.
  • Searching: Responsible for finding all information matching the search query by searching the index files.

All searching is performed against the index files; if these files do not contain what the user is looking for, there will not be a match. So, the index files are critical to the success of the search feature of MOSS. The search functionality can be described in its simplest form as a Web page where the user defines his or her search query. The index service works together with the searching service to let you search Office SharePoint Server content.

This test monitors the search queries to every content index on the SharePoint server, promptly reports query failures, and thus reveals the overall efficiency of the Search feature offered by MOSS 2007.

Target of the test : A Microsoft SharePoint Server

Agent deploying the test : An internal agent

Outputs of the test : One set of results for the Microsoft SharePoint server that is being monitored

Configurable parameters for the test
Parameters Description

Test period

This indicates how often should the test be executed.


The host for which the test is to be configured.


The port at which the host server listens.

Measurements made by the test
Measurement Description Measurement Unit Interpretation

Failed queries

Indicates the number of queries to the content index that currently failed.


Ideally, this value should be 0.

Succeeded queries

Indicates the number of queries to the content index that succeeded.


A high number of successful queries serves as a good indicator of the efficiency of the index and query services provided by SharePoint. 


Indicates the number of queries currently executing on the content index.



Documents filtered

Indicates the number of documents currently filtered in the content index.



Index size

Indicates the current size of the content index.