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i have a caml query, in that query where condition is like this

         <FieldRef Name='CourseCode' /><Value Type='Text'>" + searchText + "</Value>
          <FieldRef Name='CourseTitle' /><Value Type='Text'>" +searchText + "</Value>
     </ Contains>
          <FieldRef Name='Description' /><Value Type='Text'>" + searchText + "</Value>

It has a lot of Contains and the filed they are using cannot be indexed . Say for example 'Description' that is a mutiline column . This query is taking a long time to execute in a list having more 75000 items. Is there any way to make this fast wihtout using enterprice search . Can we use enterprice search for simple sharepoint lists ? Mine is sharepoint 2007

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Enterprise search is a very powerfull system. Even though I've never done this before, I'm pretty sure, that you can define a search scope for your list using Web Address rule type (insert your list url there), and then use advanced search.

Here is an article about operating with search scopes:

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Agreed - a custom scope and Search is the way to go. – Chris Beckett May 12 '11 at 13:01
+1, You'll probably also need to add custom Metadata Properties in order to query against your List's columns. – Kit Menke May 12 '11 at 14:04
Is there any other work around or haack – Madavan May 13 '11 at 5:56

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