SharePoint Search and Why Does It Tap Out the CPU at 100%?

In many installations, I’ve found that for some content databases, the SharePoint Search (not FAST – that’s another animal all together) can seem to take an exceptional amount of time to crawl. The causes can be widespread – from errors in the crawled content to broken links. For example, we had one database that is about 70 GB of data. Though fully crawled weekly, the overall time to complete a full crawl was some 12 hours. Incremental crawls took 3 to 4 hours. In addition, whenever this crawl started (full or incremental), CPU would hit 100% and stay there – not only causing performance … Continue reading SharePoint Search and Why Does It Tap Out the CPU at 100%?