Thursday, July 22, 2010

ADD Network search to Windows 7

Windows 7 does not enable the inclusion of network search other than through the use of it's synch center after making the files always available online. first i do not want users storing data on their computers and second, i do not want users on my network using their disk space for duplicity. therefore, we found the work around.


Windows Desktop Search: Add-in for Files on Microsoft Networks

Brief Description
Now easily search your shared network directories and FAT drive(s) via Windows Desktop Search!


ZORN SOFTWARE wrote code to expand the Library search options.

Win7 Library Tool

Windows 7 libraries are a really useful feature of Windows 7, however unfortunately they arrive in a slighly cut-down form out of the box. Microsoft decided against exposing some really useful capabilities to users, like adding network locations, pretty much the first thing I tried to do. 
Luckily, you can add network locations (and any other un-indexed locations), but it must be done programatically. MS supply a command line utility slutil.exe, candidate for the worst named executable in history. Pretty sure it stands for shell_library_util. Anyway, I decided to write a tool to make it easy to add network locations, and added a few other features as well:
  • Add network (UNC or mapped drive) and any other un-indexed folders to libraries.
  • Backup library configuration, such that a saved set of libraries can be instantly restored at any point (like after a re-install of the OS or for transfer between multiple computers).
  • Create a mirror of all libraries (using symbolic links) in [SystemDrive]:\libraries. This means you can reference all your files using a much shorter path, and also provides another entry-point to your files in many places in the Operating System (e.g. file open/save dialogs).
  • Change a library’s icon.
Hopefully it’s easy enough to uses so I don’t have to explain it 
You can download it for free below. (Note: This will only run on >= Windows 7.)

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