I started a full crawl during the day because I created some managed metada columns and needed to have them showing on the search results. After experiencing really slow performance, I stopped it and decided to wait for the overnight full crawl.

For some reason after users started complaining about performance again, I went to the search service application and noted that a full was being run. This left me a bit perplexed, because after double checking, the full is only scheduled to run overnight. Is it possible that the search service application auto starts a full crawl if it is stopped manually?

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A Full Crawl can be triggered from a few things.

  • Stopping an incremental crawl
  • restoring or adding databases
  • crawl account is changed
  • Change log does not contain URL's being crawled
  • full crawl never completed

You have to complete a full crawl before any incremental can run again.

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    I guess item number 5 was applied in my case, since I interrupted the full crawl, correct? Dec 10, 2014 at 20:41

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