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The charts are based on 2.1 TB of data collected from 4207 instances uploaded by 323 Spotlight users over an 8 week period.


Category: Other
SQL Server versions: 2005, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017


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Occurs during Full-Text Search calls. This wait ends when the full-text operation completes. It does not indicate contention, but rather the duration of full-text operations. Information from Microsoft®

Very rare

This wait never occurs for most instances

For each of 4207 instances, we ranked MSSEARCH on how frequent it is compared to all other recent waits. The chart shows the total of all rankings.

Prevalence of MSSEARCH across the Spotlight Population

For 89 % of hours with this wait, average wait time is less than 0.043 ms

For each instance, we found all the recent hours when it had a MSSEARCH wait. We found the average latency for each of those hours.

12 instances contributed data to this chart

Latency Distribution of MSSEARCH across the Spotlight Population