Windows 7 Search – Part1

Federated Search is one of the new features introduced with Windows 7. A few weeks ago I wrote another post about the Windows 7 Search Provider and demonstrated how to use a search connector that allows searching web content from within the Windows Explorer. Today I want to demonstrate how to extend Windows Search to find content on a remote network location.

To allow users searching content that is stored on a remote File Server, Windows Search must be enabled. On Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Windows Search can be configured through the File Services Role.
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Now let’s make sure our Shared folder is included within the Search Index. The Search Index can be configured through the Control Panel Indexing Options. Select Modify to in/exclude content.

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On the server side we’re done now, so let’s move over to the Windows 7 client. Open the Windows Explorer and navigate to the Libraries.

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Create a new Library called “CorpData”.

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Select “Include a Folder”, then navigate to the Remote Server Share

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Now let’s start a search for anything about “VDI”.

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You see, it’s that easy. In an upcoming post I will focus on the manageability of Windows Search in an Enterprise environment.

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