Quickly finding the SharePoint Search index

It is useful to quickly locate the SharePoint 2013 search index on a farm.

For example, it’s useful to exclude it from AntiVirus scans.
This can also be useful for checking security, disk usage, or for relocating the index.
Here’s how:

This set of commands will give you details on the search topology:

$ssa = Get-SPServiceApplication –Name “Search Service Application”
$active = Get-SPEnterpriseSearchTopology -SearchApplication $ssa -Active
Get-SPEnterpriseSearchComponent -SearchTopology $active

To simply locate the search index on the file system, use these commands:

$ssi = Get-SPEnterpriseSearchServiceInstance
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