Windows Desktop Search 4 – Remote Queries
Windows Desktop Search 4 supports Remote Queries; if you install it on multiple machines; each indexing their local data; you can then query these multiple indexes…
Simplest way is to open the network share and use the Search Box…if the particular shared folder is in the remote machine’ indexed folder; your local Search applet will send the query to remote machine and show the result using it!
From Windows Search 4.0 Administrator’s Guide
Windows Search 4.0 extends the ability to search across remote desktops. Previously, only Windows Vista users could query recognizable indexes on remote Vista computers; now, WS4 enables users to query remote computers running any supported operating system. Remote querying includes the following features:
- Queries work across all supported OSes (Windows XP, Server 2003, Home Server, and Vista).
- All shared NTFS folders are automatically indexed (excludes all FAT file systems).
- All shared, and therefore indexed, locations can be remotely queried.
The location on the remote computer must be shared and it must be indexed. With Group Policy, administrators can control whether shared locations are automatically indexed.
Querying from Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008
To query a remote computer, users use Windows Explorer to browse the shared, indexed folder on another machine and enter their searches in Explorer’s search box. If the location is not indexed, then Vista falls back to a slower GREP search instead of WS4.