Windows 7 search with indexed network drive

Hi experts,

I am in situation where I am not sure if indexing network drive would help with searching on Windows 7 clients.

We use a network drive to store most our client files (called it K drive). It contains approx 50000+ files (mainly Word, Excel and PDF, may have some pictures and other stuff). Currently the Windows Search Service is NOT enabled.

I read a lot of articles regarding indexing and adding to libraries (on a Win7 Pro computer). My concern is that, making a network drive containing 50000+ files available offline, for 100+ users may actually slow the network down during synchronisation.

At the moment performing a search on this K drive is a pain and we would really like to make the search quicker, without impacting on network.

Server is a 2008 R2 and all clients are Windows 7 (a few Windows 8).

Can anyone shred some light?

Thanks in advance.
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CoralonCommented:
You will want to enable the indexing on the file server.  By default, Windows 7 should detect the index catalog from the server and use it.  

This article is mostly Windows 2012, but the basic steps and theory are the same.  https://www.cloudtec.ch/blog/tech/add-search-indexed-network-share-windows-library.html.

You will not be able to index the network drive -- the search service on Windows 7 will refuse the request.

Coralon
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