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Windows 7: Adding a File Share as a Search Connector

03 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise 32bit
 
 
Adding a File Share as a Search Connector

Dear All;

-=SETUP=-
1 x Windows 2008 non-R2 32-bit Server
several Windows 7 clients all connected via a domain setup

-=SCENARIO/GOAL=-
Enable the contents of my fileserver share to be indexed and searchable by the clients

-=STEPS TAKEN=-
Per [1][2][3] I've:

*) Installed and Enabled the Windows Search Service
*) Defined my target drive on the Fileserver to be Indexed
*) via the Indexing Options confirmed that the indexing has been completed

-=WHAT'S THE ISSUE=-
Now I need to somehow create and deploy an .osdx file to my clients, so that they can in turn search the contents of the fileshare.

I've been browsing the Internet and have not been able to find an answer on how to create an osdx file for a file share... there are plenty of examples for a web search such as MSDN, or sharepoint server search, but nothing for file share.

Even the awesome Windows Search Federation post here [4] doesn't seem to list how to search files.

Per [5] I've surmised I need to somehow use the <simpleLocation> tag, just haven't gotten there yet, and would appreciate some expert advice on this guys!

Thanks,

P.S. References:
[1]: Understanding Remote Search - Windows 7 Tutorial
[2]: Windows Search Overview
[3]: File Server Search for End Users
[4]: Windows 7 Federated Search Providers
[5]: Federated Search in Windows (Windows)


P.P.S: Disclaimer/Kind Request
I have done my best to provide as much details as possible to ensure I get an intelligible response, and to try and avoid responses such as: "URL: KB article" or "RTFM". Thank you.

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