Adding a File Share as a Search Connector (Windows 2008 / 7 environment)

Dear All;

-=SETUP=-
1 x Windows 2008 non-R2 32-bit Server
several Windows 7 clients all connected via a domain setup

-=SCENARIO/GOAL=-
Enable the contents of my fileserver share to be indexed and searchable by the clients

-=STEPS TAKEN=-
Per [1][2][3] I've:

*) Installed and Enabled the Windows Search Service
*) Defined my target drive on the Fileserver to be Indexed
*) via the Indexing Options confirmed that the indexing has been completed

-=WHAT'S THE ISSUE=-
Now I need to somehow create and deploy an .osdx file to my clients, so that they can in turn search the contents of the fileshare.

I've been browsing the Internet and have not been able to find an answer on how to create an osdx fiel for a file share... there are plenty of examples for a web search such as MSDN, or sharepoint server search, but nothing for file share.

If someone can please point me in the right direction I'd appreciate it!

Thanks,

P.S. References:
[1]: http://sourcedaddy.com/windows-7/understanding-remote-search.html
[2]: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa965362%28v=vs.85%29.aspx
[3]: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/winserverfiles/thread/9cd82258-3d3a-4839-b7ae-8a1bc64b59ac

P.P.S: Disclaimer/Kind Request
I'm assigning 500 points to this question, and have done my best to provide as much details as possible to ensure I get an intelligible response, and avoid responses such as: "URL: KB article" or "RTFM". Thank you.

*) enable and install the Windows Search Service on my fileserver
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ovpritAsked:
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yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
From my understanding if you enable to Windows Search Service on your server and add your Share to the index you will be able to search it natively using a Vista,W7 or 2008 client.

I just did a test on my Server and searched from a client and it was instantaneous.

I do not think you need to replicate the osdx file.

I would test by sharing out a new folder and add a bunch of files and try to search the a text sequence in a file.  
Then I would turn on the index on that folder and redo your search and compare the results.

yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
To add:

It seems that the directory needs to be in the Library for you to take advantage of indexing.
I did a search via the UNC for a variable in a file "Scripting.Filesystem"  and it took some time.
I added a new Library and included the UNC.  Did the same search and return results within 10 seconds.

Try it.
ovpritAuthor Commented:
@yo_bee:

That is what I just discovered myself, and am experimenting with remote deploying the share location as a library. Do you have a script/cmdline method of doing this other than using shlib.exe ?
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yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
I did not push out custom libraries in my enviroment.
For my test I created one.

I do not have any script that would help push this out for you.
That probably another question.
yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
Here is a Technet How To from MS explaining and giving examples on how to deploy custom libraries
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee461108(WS.10).aspx

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ovpritAuthor Commented:
thx yo_bee! :)
yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
NP.
Glad I was able to help.
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