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Chapter 6. Sharing Folders and Files on ... > Searching the Shared Folders

Searching the Shared Folders

After you’ve used Windows Home Server for a while, you could easily end up with thousands—heck, even tens of thousands—of files on the server shares. This is particularly true if you have a large amount of data stored on the Windows Home Server shares (remember the old computing law that data expands to fill the space available for storage), several Windows clients, and several users. Of course, it’s perfectly acceptable to treat the Windows Home Server shares as a kind of virtual basement where you toss a bunch of files and folders; however, there will almost certainly come a day when you need to actually find a particular file or folder in that mess. Assuming you have a life, you probably don’t want to waste valuable chunks of that life by scouring the server shares manually.

Instead, you need to put the powerful Windows Home Server Search feature to work for you. You can use Search to scour the shared folder not only for filenames, but file contents and metadata (such as file size and properties such as the artist name and music genre). You might think you could only do this on the Windows Home Server itself, but if you have the Connector software installed in a Windows 7, Vista, or XP client, you can perform these powerful searches right from the client!


  

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