Since Windows Server 2008, Microsoft has been deprecating Microsoft Indexing Service in favor of Windows Search. You can still install Indexing Service, but the “Query the Catalog” option has been removed from the MMC, as well as the Indexing Service Query Form that made it really easy to test Indexing Service.
I put together a simple ASP form that can be installed on any IIS installation that is running indexing service, in order to test querying the catalog. It doesn’t have all the features of the previous “Query the Catalog” page, but it should be sufficient to know whether indexing service is returning results at all.
Simply toss the file into an IIS directory and hit it with your browser.
This software is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.