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Hi,

I have trouble understanding the Search Service of Windows Server 2012 R2.  Google produces a number of guides on how to configure and install Windows Search Service.  I understand all that.  What I would like to know is:  Is this index made available to clients that connect to shares off this server?  
How can this be done?  Or does each client have to index everything on his own?

Thanks,
Ralph
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Since Windows Search 4.0, what you described is indeed the expected behaviour, and happens already without you needing to specifically set things up (other than just turning on the Windows Search service)


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Search
It also enables remote query support on XP and Windows Server 2003 based systems, which used to be a Vista-only feature. This allows a user with a Vista client (or an XP client with Windows Search 4.0) to search the index of networked machines which are also running a supported operating system (Windows 8, 7, Vista, Windows Server 2008, or XP/2003 with Windows Search 4.0).
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So, if I got this right, all I do (in 2012 R2) is install the windows search feature and make sure my shares are indexed.
My Windows > Vista clients including my 2012 R2 and 2008 R2 RDP Terminalservers will find the index and use it in their searches?
Is there a way to control this feature?  Can I somehow help my clients in finding this index or prevent them from finding it?
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The moment people input something in the search box of Windows Explorer, while being on a shared drive that was indexed properly, the search is already sent to the "server" and results are coming from the "server".

The preventing part is a bit tough to understand. Why would you even want that?
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I don't want to prevent it.  I just wanted to know where I need to look in case it does not work once it's done indexing in a few hours.  

Thank you.  I will try.
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