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File search disabled on peer to peer networked computers - Windows 7

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Greetings wise wizards of EE:

I am helping a friend who works in an office with four peer-to-peer networked computers, all running Windows 7 Pro. My friends computer, desktop A, acts as the "server", in that it has the database data, all stored within a single folder, that everyone else accesses from their computers.

The network functions fine with one exception. One of the networked computers cannot search for files within the database folder, UNLESS a search is first completed on desktop A. This effect is also random as well.

I double-checked all of the permissions allowed full access to "Everyone" along the path to the database folder, starting from the C: drive. Again, it is possible to open, edit, save and copy documents from this networked folder... only the search feature is randomly non-functional.

All computers are using the Windows firewall, with all of the applicable network settings in place.

Any suggestions to a solution for this issue would be most welcome indeed.

Many thanks in advance,

Zovoth
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by:Jaroslav Mraz
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Hi,

How the conection is working? Is it a maped network drive?

Did they add folder in they windows search manaualy?
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by:zovoth
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Greetings Jaroslav:

Many thanks for your inquiry... the connection to this folder works fine, and yes, it is a mapped network drive. So, using the mapped network drive shortcut, they open the networked database folder, and conduct a search from there. The search shows no results UNLESS the "server" computer performs a search of the same folder first.

I hope that helps. I look forward to your & the other EE wizards' response.

Many thanks in advance,

Zovoth
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Jaroslav Mraz earned 2000 total points
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Hi,

every computer need to have their own index for searching

so on client computer instal this patch
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3383

after reboot

start - in search write - indexing options

in dialog window chose Advanced

Go on TAB File Types if you wanted to search inside of files for example you using word documents then change it to Index Properties and File Contents radio button. It will be longer indexing but better results.

Then go on new TAB Add UNC Location and add network path in \\PC\FOLDER  format

after indexing is completed you can see how index grow in Indexing Options you will have your own index and don't need the main pc
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by:zovoth
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Greetings Jaroslav:

Many thanks for your solution post... I'm not sure I understand the last sentence, but I do get the general idea of adding a Windows Desktop Search patch.

It is certainly worth an attempt. Thanks for your help, particularly in that you are the only expert to respond!

Happy computing and take care,

Zovoth
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