I'm new to Azure deployments. We have installed Sitecore 8.2 webapp and deployed and everything works fine except that our custom indices have not been created. Pages that use indices crash. Rebuilding indices through Sitecore completes right away and the folder under App_Data does not get created. We're using Lucene. Are we missing something?

  • Are your indices configured for Lucene or Azure Search? Sep 26, 2017 at 11:13
  • We're using the default Lucene configurations
    – TamerM
    Sep 26, 2017 at 11:19
  • In PaaS you either have to use Azure Search or Solr or Coveo... Sep 26, 2017 at 11:21

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The default installation of Sitecore on Azure PaaS is using Azure Search. Lucene indexing is not supported as it is a file based solution. In PaaS you either have to use Azure Search or Solr or Coveo.

Make sure to update your custom index config file before publishing and rebuilding the index.

If you are using Azure Search, please read the features and limitations: https://doc.sitecore.net/sitecore_experience_platform/setting_up_and_maintaining/search_and_indexing/sitecore_azure_search_overview

  • Previous versions did support Lucene as long as there was only 1 instance of the web app - is this a change with 8.2? Sep 26, 2017 at 15:17

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