Google Mini Search Appliance Substitute

Hello,

I have been tasked with finding an alternate solution to the Google Mini search appliance.  Here is the scenario:

24 employee's use a central file server to share all of the Word, Excel PDF documents etc....  There are over 500,000 files and growing.... its taken 4 years to generate the 500,000 files.

Currently they are using Google Desktop Client on each computer to search and index the server but it cant keep up with shear number of files and changes that happen to the server on each day.

They need some sort of dedicated server / search appliance that will index their file server and allow them to quickly locate documents.  We need the same sort of functionality that comes with the Google Mini - but there is no budget to pay the kind of money Google wants for their appliance that can index 500,000 files.

Is there some sort of open source solution that would provide them the same features as the Google Mini, or do any Experts have another / alternate solution to this problem?

Thanks.
purestealthAsked:
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kevinhsiehCommented:
Take a look at Windows Search Server Express. I believe that it is a free add on to Windows Server.
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purestealthAuthor Commented:
Sorry but the server is running Linux......
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kevinhsiehCommented:
Windows Search Server Express should be running on its own server. It looks like Microsoft can index NAS, so as long as you can bring up a Windows server for this you should be okay.

http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en/windowsdesktopsearchhelp/thread/9b40b0df-36fc-464f-b56b-6ae42743a04b

I am not familiar with Linux search options.
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purestealthAuthor Commented:
For this office they are not willing to purchase Windows Licenses or a Windows server, they already have a Linux server and are looking for something OpenSource or an Appliance that is not as expensive as the Google Appliances.
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kevinhsiehCommented:
I have no experience with any of the open source alternatives, so I won't comment on the stuff that you can find via Google.
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purestealthAuthor Commented:
Ended up going with Thunderstone a Google Competitor.  Thanks.
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purestealthAuthor Commented:
Cost vs Features made Thundestone the right choice for us.
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