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Search Server Express 2008

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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I plan to install SSE on a Windows 2003 system to index file shares.

I know how to set this up what I would like to know is it possible for the end user to specific or browse to a certain share and only search that folder?

For example Share1 has many sub folders how can the user only search a certain sub folder?

From past experience I don't think this is possible, correct me if i'm wrong
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Top Expert 2008

Upto my knowledge it is not possible to search on a specific folder.
It is possible on a specoific site and as well as lists. But not with a specific Folder or Sub Folder.


Thanks for the update. Thats what I suspected Google mini also does not allow to search specific folders  
Top Expert 2008

Here You can search by using file extensions like .doc,.xls,.ppt. But it will work for pdf. You need to install Ifilter and some operations for accessing .pdf files in ur search result.


I still don't think will do. We need to search within specific folders on the network share.

At the minute we are using Windows Search 4. The problem with this is that it is slow, installed on every client PC and uses network bandwidth while indexing
Ted BouskillSenior Software Developer
Top Expert 2009

What you have to understand is a search engine crawls all the targets it's pointed at and stores it in an index database.  When you type in a search query you are search the index NOT the actual files et cetera.  Controlling the range of the index you search can be controlled in what are called 'Scopes'.  With 'Scopes' you can reduce the dataset used to execute the search query.


I understand that you search the index and not the actual file. The problem with the Scopes is that they must be set-up first.

What we need is to be able to browse to a folder click search and search that folder and its sub folder. With Scopes you would have to set-up each possible search before hand.

Scope for folder A
Scope for folder B
Scope for folder C
Scope for folder D

We have a few hundred folders with sub folder meaning we need a Scope for each.
Senior Software Developer
Top Expert 2009
I wasn't sure if you knew what 'Scopes' were,  I wanted to be sure.

I think the easiest solution is to create a scope for the entire file share like so: http://www.developer.com/tech/print.php/10923_3771986_2

Then, you could search the scope and narrow the results to a folder using "folder:<folder name> +<search term>" in the search input box

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