SharePoint 2016 Large List Auto Indexing

[This post is based on the SharePoint 2016 Preview — Functionality is not guaranteed to be supported, configured identically, or exist in RTM]

SharePoint 2016 includes a new large list auto indexing timer job named job-list-automatic-index-management. This job is designed to automatically create list indexes when the List is less than twice the List View Threshold (so a list < 10,000 items by default) on a daily basis.

Automatic List Index functionality can be enabled and disabled on a list-by-list basis (enabled by default). To disable auto indexing using PowerShell, run:

$web = Get-SPWeb http://webUrl
$list = $web.Lists["List Name"]
$list.EnableManagedIndexes = $false

Beyond the requirements of the list item count being < 2 * the LVT (maximum of 10,000 items by default), the list must have indexable fields and a View with a Filter in place. Fields that are indexable can also be found via PowerShell:

$list.Fields | Select Title,Indexable

If a custom View does not have a Filter against an Indexable field, a Managed Index will not be created by the timer job. Once a Managed Index has been created, it will appear similar to this on the Indexed Columns page:


Trevor Seward is a Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP who specializes in SharePoint Server administration, hybrid scenarios, and SharePoint Online. He has been working with SharePoint for 16 years from SharePoint 2003 on up, managing environments with terabytes of content for 150,000+ user organizations. Trevor is an author of Deploying SharePoint 2016 and Deploying SharePoint 2019. You can find him on Twitter and in /r/sharepoint.