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Indexing of redirected folders not locally cached?

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  • We have user's desktop and Documents folders redirected to network shares via a configuration set in applied GPOs.

    We don't want the redirected files synced locally on desktop PCs for various reasons such as local disk space usage and sync conflicts with other machines the users may use.  This causes local search of files on the desktop and documents to be very slow because there is no offline cache that Windows would automatically index.

    We would like these files to be quickly searchable by the user.

    Is there a way to set up indexing of the redirected folders so that it only indexes the user's own directories for their personal redirected folders and not the entire contents of the file server volume?

    What about having a central index that is shared by all users, but with the users only seeing search results for files they are supposed to have access to?

    Monday, October 19, 2015 5:59 PM

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  • Hi MyGposts,

    Thanks for your post.

    If local index is not an option, you might consider the  remote search function. And the operation system newer than Windows Server 2008 or with WDS 4.0 installed.

    You may refer to the articles for more details.

    http://sourcedaddy.com/windows-7/understanding-remote-search.html

    Please Note: Since the web site is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

    >Is there a way to set up indexing of the redirected folders so that it only indexes the user's own directories for their personal redirected folders and not the entire contents of the file server volume?

    Based on my understanding, you could accept the user index only their personal redirected folders right? You may could add the related files to the Index option from the client. But for multiple clients, it isn't convenient. But I haven't found the related group  policy to set this.

    Best Regards,

    Mary Dong


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    Wednesday, October 21, 2015 9:26 AM
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