Under Windows 7, Networked Directories Require Indexing to Be Added to Libraries

We're about to start deploying Windows 7.  Under XP, tons of our users had shortcuts in My Network Places.  I thought a workaround would be to use the new Libraries feature in Windows 7.  But if I try to add a shortcut to a network location to a Windows 7 library, I get this error message:

"The network location can't be included because it is not indexed"

I clicked on the help for this, and I am told:  "If the network folder is not indexed, an easy way to index it is to make the folder available offline."

That's not an acceptable solution, because "When you make a network folder available offline, copies of all the files in that folder will be stored on your computer's hard disk."

Is there something you can do on your servers to index them so that network directories can have shortcuts made for them in Windows 7 Libraries, _without_ making the folder available offline?


wlhelpAsked:
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wlhelpAuthor Commented:
I think that I may be barking up the wrong tree.  It may be better just to add the network directories to Favorites instead of Libraries.  Could someone confirm if this is in fact the better approach?

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wlhelpAuthor Commented:
Never mind!  I solved the problem.  I _was_ barking up the wrong tree.  In Windows 7, they moved everything My Network Places to Network Locations inside Computer.  I found the answer on this Microsoft Page.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/Create-a-shortcut-to-map-a-network-drive

You can also create shortcuts to Internet locations, such as websites or FTP sites. Here’s how to do that:

1. Open Computer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Computer.
2. Right-click anywhere in the folder, and then click Add a Network Location.
3. Follow the steps in the wizard to add a shortcut to a location on your network, a website, or an FTP site.

Libraries aren't really intended for this.  Here's a write up by Microsoft on how they are supposed to be used:

http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/developers/archive/2009/04/06/understanding-windows-7-libraries.aspx

So I'd close this one.  Guess I solved it myself!  Thanks!

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