I've been trying all evening without success to establish exactly how the Windows Search Service works across a LAN.
We have a Windows Server 2003 File Server and a bunch of XP/Vista client PCs with mapped drives to folders on the fileserver. What I'm trying to find out is how the clients "Windows Search" indexes the fileserver's files.
Is it ...
A: Up to the fileserver to index it's own files and then the Client PCs use that index directly when trying to search for files on the fileserver - Client builds it's own from scratch if there is no index
B: Does the client PC Search function make a cached version of the fileservers index and add it to it's own index - Build it's own from scratch if there is no index
C: Have to build it's own Search index from scratch?
D: Can't index networked drives at all.
If C is there actually any point having the Windows Search function running on the fileserver?