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Creating a DataFinder Instance

Last Modified: November 20, 2020

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 you create. 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 the SystemLink server, 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 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 DataFinder instance you want to create.
    Setting Description
    Network shares within the organization Indexes data on local or network computers. A search area specifies a folder, which DataFinder instances index to enable Data Navigation or a client software to browse and search for data. You can add more search areas later.
    SystemLink file service Indexes the data in the SystemLink file service. The file service is the central data storage in SystemLink.
  5. If you select Network shares within the organization, specify a descriptive name for the search area and choose the folder with the data you want to index. Use a UNC path to specify the folder, for example, \\Server\MyFolder.
  6. Choose a workspace to determine which users can access this search area in Data Navigation.
  7. Click Finish.
  8. Select the DataFinder instance in the overview and click »Start to start the instance.

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