Very basic usage of sitecore search

I am trying to setup a very basic search index, to index all items in a specific folder. I haven’t really used much searching, but I’m trying to use out-of-the-box features, because its a very simple search. I just want to index all the fields. The sitecore documentation really doesn’t provide much information – I’ve read a few blogs, and they all seem to suggest that I need the advanced database crawler (http://trac.sitecore.net/AdvancedDatabaseCrawler) – basically, something to the effect of ‘it won’t work without a custom crawler).