do I need to turn on windows search on a small fileserver?

What are the pros and cons of the search feature on a small file server?
The clients are all Windows 7 clients, no-one needs to look for files on the file server itself, just on the client machines.
Is there any advantage to anabling the search feature for the files the users will access from their workstations?
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Carol ChisholmAsked:
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NikSystems SpecialistCommented:
You mean indexing feature?
You should have better results with indexing but we have turned it off as it took a lot of free space for indexing files.

Since you said that users have files locally, then there's no need to enable Indexing feature.
Carol ChisholmAuthor Commented:
Yes I mean the indexing feature.
The users don't have any local files, they are all on the file server, but no-one logs on to the file server to work there.

Does the indexing in the server actually help a user at a workstation find things?
Or does it just slow down the server?

NikSystems SpecialistCommented:
If you enable Indexing on the server, users should faster find what they are looking for on the server itself from their workstation.

Indexing Feature creates an index of the most common file and non-file data types on your server—such as e-mail, contacts, calendar appointments, documents, photos, multimedia, and other formats extended by non-Microsoft files.

Indexing files and data types enables you to perform fast file searches on your server from computers running Windows 7, Windows Vista, or from computers running Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 with Windows Desktop Search installed.

From Indexing Help.

If you have small number of users I would enable it.

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Carol ChisholmAuthor Commented:
There are 6 users. So probably it is useful.
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