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what is the recommended architecture for Sharepoint Search? Is it important to have a separate server? we have crawler on same server and it is taking a lot of hours to complete a Full crawl, causing a performance issue. Is it standard practice to use a separate server just for crawling?

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It depends on how much data it's indexing. If it's taking a few hours to complete, I'd recommend moving it to another server. Also, consider running the full indexer less frequently, and schedule it during a low point so it doesn't affect performance as much (i.e. 2am Saturday morning).

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Thanks for your reply. Yes, crawling was taking a few hours to complete and it was set to run every night. I will follow your recommendations. Thanks! –  Joseph Caruana Mar 26 '12 at 13:43

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