searching network drives

Hi,

when searching local drives on client systems, we are able to have the search pull out the keyword from the content of the documents and not just scour the folder and file names. but rather the content it self.

We would like to do this for a shared mapped drive. I have attached image of what we would like to have happen to the mapped corporate network drive. Put aside performance issues as I was told this was required regardless.

so any advice on how to make GPO changes or what for this rule so that it applies to group of computers would be very helpful.

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Running server 2008R2 and windows 7 environment
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fabric8Commented:
You can try to add a registry value with GPO.

this is the registry setting for windows 7 for search in content:

Folder Options -> Search -> Always search file names and contents (ON)

Path: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Search\PrimaryProperties\UnindexedLocations
Name: SearchOnly (REG_DWORD)
Value: 0

EDIT: sorry, missread your question, I don't know if this applies to network shares also, I'll search for it.
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N-WCommented:
You need to install the Windows Search Service role on your server to build the content indexes that will be made available to the file server's clients. The clients will not build their own indexes for these files.

It's fairly simple to get the service up and running, see instructions here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2010/04/05/find-items-faster-with-windows-search-and-libraries.aspx
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Raj-GTSystems EngineerCommented:
If all your clients are Windows 7 or above then you are better of enabling Windows Search role on your server. Once enabled, your clients will use the server-side index without having to do anything special on the client. (Remote querying is enabled by default on Windows 7)

These are the steps to add and enable the Windows Search Service in Windows Server 2008:

1) Start Server Manager

2) Click on Roles in the left navigation pane

3) Select Add Role in the Roles Summary pane to the right

4) Select the File Services role and click Next

5) Select the Windows Search role service

After installing, on the server side you should configure search to index the drive holding your shared data and to index names and contents. (http://ybbest.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/how-to-search-file-contents-in-windows-server-2008-r2/)

Hope this helps.
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AncientsAuthor Commented:
thanks for this info.

I have all the above services on the server. But I would like to ensure that through GPO or some way, I can configure so that the users system is default checked to use as per above embedded image when searching on the corporate mapped networked drive. ie \\server\biz mapped as x:\Biz drive, when searching this drive, you are able to search the content as well.
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N-WCommented:
If you have the Windows Search Service configured on the file server, the above setting does not matter because your network drives become indexed locations.

The above setting is only relevant for non-indexed location, so it will have no effect on your X:\Biz drive.
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AncientsAuthor Commented:
do you know how long it will take to normally index?

If I create a word document and enter a random word like lorfen into it. then do a search on the folder. How long before the system will find the document with the word lorfen in the content of the document. not in the title. so when I open the doc I see this.

AJ
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Raj-GTSystems EngineerCommented:
Indexing starts almost immediately. You can also force a rebuild using the rebuild option of the server side index. You can test the index by running the search from the server first and see if it finds 'lorfen' in your files. If that works, then the remote clients should work too.
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AncientsAuthor Commented:
Im searching the for lorfen. I even went to the folder the document sits in. but it does not appear on the search. freeing more disk space as I read this can hamper indexing.
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Raj-GTSystems EngineerCommented:
Did you enable content indexing on the server and try this from the server first? Did you try rebuilding the index (again on the server side)?
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AncientsAuthor Commented:
I have attached the service roles to show you what is selected. I have enabled as you can see the windows search services. but unable to select the indexing.

any tips? I have also cleared a large amount of space on the drive in question.

AJ
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Raj-GTSystems EngineerCommented:
You have the correct one installed. How did you configure indexing on the server? Can yoy share some screenshots?
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AncientsAuthor Commented:
Hi all

I removed the role and added windows server 2003 file server and the indexing option under that role.

then I launched MMC and add the indexing plugin. selected the group and it seems to be working fine now.
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AncientsAuthor Commented:
pointed me in the right direction
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