Monitor and Report on Long Running Crawls

Ever needed to know if your SharePoint crawls are running too long? I wrote the below script to keep an eye on my crawls, and report if they are running too long.

In the script, I’m getting the Search Service App. Looping through its content sources, then finding crawls that are running longer than 5 minutes.

#Get PowerShell Snapin
if ((Get-PSSnapin -Name Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) -eq $null)
{
	Add-PsSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell
}

#get your Search Service App
$ssa = Get-SPEnterpriseSearchServiceApplication "Search Service Application"

#get the content sources from your Search Service App
$contentsources = Get-SPEnterpriseSearchCrawlContentSource -SearchApplication $ssa 


#loop through the content sources
foreach($cs in $contentsources)
{
	#check for crawls that are running
	if ($cs.CrawlStatus -ne "Idle")
	{			
		$cLength = New-TimeSpan -Start ($cs.CrawlStarted) -End (Get-Date) 
		$cLength = $cLength.Minutes
		
		#if the crawl has been running for more than X minutes, send an email
		if($clength -gt 5)
		{
			#email someone that cares
		}
	}
}

2 thoughts on “Monitor and Report on Long Running Crawls

  1. Hi!

    Very nice script.

    I just have one question, does it require something? Like Sharepoint 2013?

  2. I failed to mention in the post, that I’m using a Windows Task Schedule to run the script.

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