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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administration Cookbook by Peter Serzo

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Scaling out Search—adding a query component

The SharePoint 2010 query server accepts the query from an end user from the web front-end. It then reads the index file and servers the result back.

The index file is partitioned. As query servers are added, the partition is broken into multiple parts so that no single query server holds the entire index. The following screenshot is from the Managing Search Topology page:

Scaling out Search—adding a query component

It illustrates how the index partition and query server are tied to one another. The index partition is sent to the query server by the crawl component. As can be seen from the preceding screenshot, each partition must have an associated ...

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