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Enabling Site Searching Using the Indexing Service

CAUTION

While using the Indexing Service can provide great benefits to those using your Web site, it can also provide an open door inviting unscrupulous visitors to perform various nasty things to your Web server and possibly portions of your internal network. Ensure that you have the most up-to-date security patches and hot fixes on your Web server by visiting the Windows Update Web site frequently. For more information on the specific Security Bulletin relating to the Windows XP Indexing Service, see http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms02-018.mspx.


If you want to let remote browsers search your Web site for documents of interest, you can install and configure the Indexing Service. This service periodically scours selected Web-shared folders and documents and maintains a list of all the words it finds in them. It actually maintains two separate indexes: one of your whole hard disk, for your use alone, and another of the Web folders for Internet searching. It's also sophisticated enough not to show results for documents Web visitors don't have permission to download. To install this service, follow these steps:


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