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Discovered recently that Windows 7 no longer indexes network drives on WHS. Apparently an oversight by MS. Anyone have an issue with this or discovered a work around. It is not much of an issue for me but I know some folks that are suffering with it.

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New feature of WDS4 is that it uses "Remote Queries" to query other computers running WDS4 for the search string - there's no need to specifically index networked drives.

[sorry if off-topic - I have not been able to make WDS4 on WHS index PDF files - even though IFilter is installed (I can confirm using IFilter Explorer), neither IFilter from Reader 8.2 nor Adobe's IFilter Pack actually indexes the PDFs. Any clue? (FoxIT want $699 for their server-specific IFilter v2.0.)]

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Well, I just installed FoxIT Server 30 day Trial - indexes perfectly and can search from my Windows 7 (client) perfectly. Very fast too.

Has anyone success with IFilter from Reader or IFilter Pack?

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I have WDS 4 on the WHS however it is not clear how that helps the client. Are you guys suggesting WDS for the client side?

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If WDS4 has already indexed folders on WHS which it is sharing it don't make sense for your client to be re-indexing them as network shares. Instead, local (in your machine) WDS4 will use Remote Discovery to find other machines running WDS4 and then during a local search request is able to issue Remote Query to WDS4 on WHS to obtain remote search results.

Remote Discovery and Query works for me. My issue is that I can't get WDS4 on WHS to index PDFs.

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Uninstalled FoxIT IFilter, installed Adobe Read 9.3.1 and rebuilt the Index.

IFilter from v9.x.x works with WDS4 but is a turtle compared to indexing with FoxIT.

However, more disturbing, with v9.x.x I didn't find all occurances of searched text that I know are in certain PDFs. The pattern I see is that Word 2007-generated PDFs aren't registered by Adobe's IFilter, yet are registered by FoxIT's. However, after I renamed the above file and then back again, WDS did find it... Since WDS4 is sensitive to file operations, I guess it re-indexed and this time did register the searched text in question.

Another discovery - seems Microsoft's own IFilter for Office (2007), FilterPackx86.exe, is unpredictable somewhat. I can find "adequate supply of Calcium" but not "An adequate supply of Calcium" - in former case, WDS returns other files (PDFs I have) containing this search string but not the docx.

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If I understand AlexF correctly, running WDS4 on the client side is the answer here as I do have it installed on my WHS. However, when I try to install it on my Windows 7 64-bit client I am informed that "The update is not applicable to your computer", whereupon the installation halts.

Perhaps WDS4 comes with Windows 7. If this is the case I am at a loss because none of the mapped drives or folders on my WHS appear when I go into into Indexing Options. Only local and external drives appear in the Indexed Locations window. I don't see any options for Remote Discovery.

Threads I have read on this subject elsewhere instruct to set the mapped server drives you wish to index to "Always Available Offline". When I tried this I was dismayed to discover that all the files on said drives are synced to my C drive - not a practical solution in my case as we are talking some several hundred gigs of data!

Finally, from what I have read the ability to index WHS files existed in previous versions of Windows. Looks like I have downgraded in this instance. . .

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> Perhaps WDS4 comes with Windows 7.
It does.

> If this is the case I am at a loss because none of the mapped drives or folders on my WHS appear when I go into into Indexing Options. Only local and external drives appear in the Indexed Locations window.
This is normal. As I said, with WDS4 indexing network shares by a client don't makes sense. (Of course, that means that all sharing machines must be running WDS4)

> I don't see any options for Remote Discovery.
It's automatic with WDS4.

There are 2 ways (I know of) to search network shares:
1. add the network share to a Library and search from there
2. go to network shared folder in Windows Explorer and search from there

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