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The MaxRestrictionNodes entry is the maximum number of query restriction nodes that can be created by Indexing Service in a single query.


Units: Nodes
Default: 5000
Range: 1 - 4294967295 (0xFFFFFFFF)



If query normalization creates a query restriction that is greater than the value of the MaxRestrictionNodes entry, the query fails with the status of QUERY_E_TOOCOMPLEX. This status message means the query was too complex to be completed because it surpassed the limit imposed in this registry key. The value of this entry keeps a user from overloading the capacity of the server with a complex query.

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