How do I index network shares in Vista?

How do I index network shares in Vista?

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It can be done! By default, the search function built into Windows Vista will only search indexing local volumes and directories. You may have some file shares, however, that contain a large number of documents that you would like to rapidly search.

Here is how you enable the Windows Vista instant search to index file shares:

  • Download the Add-in for Files on Microsoft Networks to add this support (*Note: this add-in does not work properly on Vista X64 Edition). 
  • Install, Reboot
  • Once installed you can navigate to the Indexing Options control panel / advanced options / and then select the "Add UNC Location" tab to add a new UNC location (ie \\server\share).
  • Hit OK, and Windows Vista will now start indexing that share, so you can very rapidly search the contents of files available on the server.

Additional WDS Links:

Additional add-ins for Windows Desktop Search

Windows Desktop Search 3.0 Admin Guide

Windows Desktop Search 3.01 for Windows Server 2003 (KB917013)

Windows Desktop Search 3.01 for Windows XP (KB917013)

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  • Thanks for this tip, I applied it and I'm quite disapointed even if it works : only the filenames are indexed... not the content of the file...

    Any idea ? I'm seriously considering to go back to Google Desktop as this feature is extremely important for me...

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