Custom Searchable Folder Attributes on Windows Server 2008

Hi,
I have what can't be a unique problem, but I think some expert feedback would be great.

Our company has a number of projects which we maintain in uniquely named files. Our users would love to be able to assign attributes to these files (such as line of business,  client name, etc.) and then search by them. It would be doubly great if we could set validation rules for these attributes. Does anyone know of any custom programming we can do or software which might make this possible? If we were to create some custom code to do this what would you suggest we use?

As a final note, I realize that this is what a document management system is designed to do, and we've tried a few, but they all involve straying from windows explorer and the windows interface and our users  simply won't use it. They want to use the windows interface, so I'm trying to make this happen.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
You can edit the tags etc and show them in explorerMicrosoft Office Documents Allow this
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jeremyspringerAuthor Commented:
This seems to work with Microsoft Office documents, but I'm really looking to do the same thing with file folders, not documents.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Can't be done within the operating system
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