Is there some easy config patch or hack I could make which would disable all indexing activities? I want to do this for things like package installation and also deletion of large content branches which seem to take a very long time.

Ideally I'd like to be able to drop a single config file into the App_Config\Include folder and then remove it when I'm finished.

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You could create a patch file that sets all the indexes strategies to manual, that would effectively disable any automated updates that might happen as a result of installing a package or other content updates.

Something like this should give you a start. NOTE: I have not tested the patches or patched all the required indexes, but this should give you a good starting point:

<configuration xmlns:patch="http://www.sitecore.net/xmlconfig/" xmlns:set="http://www.sitecore.net/xmlconfig/set/" xmlns:role="http://www.sitecore.net/xmlconfig/role/"  xmlns:search="http://www.sitecore.net/xmlconfig/search/">
    <sitecore role:require="Standalone or ContentManagement" search:require="lucene">
        <configuration type="Sitecore.ContentSearch.ContentSearchConfiguration, Sitecore.ContentSearch">
          <indexes hint="list:AddIndex">
          <index id="sitecore_core_index">
            <strategies hint="list:AddStrategy">
              <strategy set:ref="contentSearch/indexConfigurations/indexUpdateStrategies/manual" />
          <index id="sitecore_master_index">
            <strategies hint="list:AddStrategy">
              <strategy set:ref="contentSearch/indexConfigurations/indexUpdateStrategies/manual" />
          <index id="sitecore_web_index">
            <strategies hint="list:AddStrategy">
              <strategy set:ref="contentSearch/indexConfigurations/indexUpdateStrategies/manual" />
          <!-- Rinse and repeat for all indexes -->

Here is a list of index ID's for Sitecore 9.0.1:

  • sitecore_core_index
  • sitecore_master_index
  • sitecore_web_index
  • sitecore_marketingdefinitions_master
  • sitecore_marketingdefinitions_web
  • sitecore_marketing_asset_index_master
  • sitecore_marketing_asset_index_web
  • sitecore_testing_index
  • sitecore_suggested_test_index
  • sitecore_fxm_master_index
  • sitecore_fxm_web_index

ref: Search Index Descriptions

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