Let's say I have a table with 3 columns: Id, ColA and ColB. Then I created a FullText index:

    ColA LANGUAGE 1033,
    ColB LANGUAGE 1033
) KEY INDEX [PK__table_id]

However, I figured that if I do a query like this: ... WHERE CONTAINS(*, '"this" AND "that"') it will return only results that contain the words "this" and "that" in the same column (ie, either ColA contains both words or ColB contains both words, but "this" in ColA and "that" in ColB won't match).

As a solution I found I can do this:

    Combo AS [ColA] + CHAR(32) + [ColB]

    Combo LANGUAGE 1033

Notice that the computed column is NOT persisted.

The question is: is there any drawback with having a full-text index on a non-persisted computed column? I couldn't find any information related to this and don't have the resources to do performance tests other than in production. But it seems to work completely fine in my tests.

The only reference I found to this is in MSDN and but it doesn't say much.

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There isn't any kind of drawback with having a full-text index on a non-persisted column. Creating an index and putting a non-persisted column, the column will be automatically persisted on disk. You can try by yourself creating a nonclustered index and putting a non-persisted column. After this, you can use the command DBCC PAGE for looking the entire data of the nonclustered index and you will see the non-persisted column there.

Have one thing on mind. the non-persisted column stills non-persisted on the clustered-index.

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