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Creating and Configuring a DataFinder Instance

Last Modified: November 7, 2019

Use DataFinder instances to index your technical data on local computers and servers in a global network or in the SystemLink file service. Use Data Navigation or client software like DIAdem or LabVIEW to search data with the instances created. By default, Data Indexing comes with a FileIndex instance dedicated to searching data in the SystemLink file service. For data on computers and servers outside of the SystemLink server, you create DataFinder instances with specified search areas, in which clients like Data Navigation can search.


If you want to store the index of a DataFinder instance in a Microsoft SQL database, enable the setting Global Settings»Display SQL Server Settings before creating a DataFinder instance.

  1. In Data Indexing, click DataFinder Instances.
  2. Click New»DataFinder Instance to start the configuration wizard.
  3. Enter a name and click Next. Analysis Automation uses this name to access the DataFinder instance. Data Navigation and clients need this name to connect to the instance.
  4. Specify the type of the DataFinder instance you want to create.
    Setting Description
    Network shares within the organization Indexes data on local or network computers. Define search ranges to specify the folders in which the instance indexes the data so that clients can search for data in these search areas.
    SystemLink file service Indexes the data in the SystemLink file service.
  5. If you selected Network shares within the company, specify the name and path of a search area. Use a UNC path to specify the folder. An example UNC path is \\Server\MyFolder. Search areas are the folders in which Data Navigation or a client software can browse and search for data.
  6. Click Finish.
  7. Select the newly created DataFinder instance in the overview and click »Start to start the instance.

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