Indexing network drive


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Fokke Nauta

Hi all,

Very, very slowly I try to get used to W7. Within 2 years I will have to use
this.
OK, Using W7 Home premium in VMware. I was able to assign the locations of
My Documents and My Pictures to different folders on different drives.
Backup reasons. Then I tried to do the same with My Music. Tried to locate
this map elsewhere on a network drive, but Windows said Oh No. You'll have
to index this first. Translated message: "This network location cannot be
made because it is not indexed."
There is a "how to", and it shows me there is a right mouse click whitch
shows the option "Make this usable for offline use" (translated), which
would to the trick, but whatever I try, there is no such option. Not on a
folder on the network, not on a network drive.

Should I stick to XP or is there a way to assign this folder to a network
drive?

Thanks for your help in advance.

Best regards,
Fokke Nauta
 
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Iceman

Hi all,

Very, very slowly I try to get used to W7. Within 2 years I will have to use
this.
OK, Using W7 Home premium in VMware. I was able to assign the locations of
My Documents and My Pictures to different folders on different drives.
Backup reasons. Then I tried to do the same with My Music. Tried to locate
this map elsewhere on a network drive, but Windows said Oh No. You'll have
to index this first. Translated message: "This network location cannot be
made because it is not indexed."
There is a "how to", and it shows me there is a right mouse click whitch
shows the option "Make this usable for offline use" (translated), which
would to the trick, but whatever I try, there is no such option. Not on a
folder on the network, not on a network drive.

Should I stick to XP or is there a way to assign this folder to a network
drive?
Here's a tutorial you could have a look at:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/18629-user-folders-change-default-location.html

Shorter link: http://tinyurl.com/ydvlrqu
 
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Fokke Nauta

Fokke Nauta said:
Thanks,

Tried it to no avail. The folder I try to add or to move to, needs to be
indexed first, according to Windows. But I can't find how to do that.
There should be an entry on the right mouse click menu, where you can
indef a folder, but there isn't.

Fokke
To be more precisely:
I tried to add a network folder to the music library. Doing so, a message
from the Windows Libraries appears, and says: "This network location cannot
be added as this is not indexed". It shows a "how to" to indexing the
folder, and the only was is to create offline files. TMHO that's an ordinary
copy of the (always available) files on the network to a local folder,
something I absolutely don't want.
Apart from that, it looks like my version of W7 dus not include support for
offline files. But I don't use this "feature" anyway.

Looks like I'll stick to XP for the time being ...

Fokke
 
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Paul

Fokke said:
To be more precisely:
I tried to add a network folder to the music library. Doing so, a message
from the Windows Libraries appears, and says: "This network location cannot
be added as this is not indexed". It shows a "how to" to indexing the
folder, and the only was is to create offline files. TMHO that's an ordinary
copy of the (always available) files on the network to a local folder,
something I absolutely don't want.
Apart from that, it looks like my version of W7 dus not include support for
offline files. But I don't use this "feature" anyway.

Looks like I'll stick to XP for the time being ...

Fokke
I found a few threads on this topic, and they weren't that encouraging.

"How do I get windows 7 to Index a network mapped drive?" <--- two year long thread!

http://social.technet.microsoft.com...g/thread/afb904c1-1c61-4aae-b6b1-5cf525b9f8de

At the end of that thread, I found yet another reference to this...

*******

It mentions there is a utility "slutil.exe" (shell library util???)
which is the core to the solution. And the panel this person designed,
presumably is using that. (After further examination, it's possible
Zornsoftware used the slutil source code, to built their application.
Examining it with 7ZIP, the Zornsoftware thing doesn't look like a
wrapper for some other code.)

http://zornsoftware.codenature.info/

The zornsoftware thing also gets mentioned here.

http://www.ghacks.net/2010/02/08/windows-7-library-tool/

I did a scan on the Win7LibraryTool_v1.05_Setup1.zip, here. I was
hoping the "Additional Information" tab would have some info, but
it doesn't.

https://www.virustotal.com/file/ca7...57389b495df6e72c4f394428/analysis/1343662227/

*******

There is a picture of a command prompt window, with slutil running in it here.

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/...libraries-net-sample-library-an-overview.aspx

If you don't want to use the zornsoftware thing, perhaps playing with slutil
is the answer.

And looking here, slutil is some kind of programming exercise ??? Hilarious.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7trainingcourse_win7librariesmanaged_topic2.aspx

Another example of an slutil thread, with command examples.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com...P/thread/7fb61d4f-64cf-4b66-b26d-ee9466646f6f

Um, contact Microsoft and ask for your money back :)

Paul
 
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Fokke Nauta

Paul said:
I found a few threads on this topic, and they weren't that encouraging.

"How do I get windows 7 to Index a network mapped drive?" <--- two year
long thread!

http://social.technet.microsoft.com...g/thread/afb904c1-1c61-4aae-b6b1-5cf525b9f8de
Um, contact Microsoft and ask for your money back :)

Paul
Thanks, Paul.
Your link did the trick!
I found this information in a post:

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Or you can simply index the network files as a workaround.

Add a non-indexed UNC as a library

1. Create a folder on your hard drive for shares. i.e. c:\share
2. Create another folder in the above share. i.e. c:\share\music
2. Link the Library to this folder.
3. Delete the folder.
4. Use the mklink in an elevated command prompt to make a symbolic link.
Name the link the same as the folder you created above.
i.e - mklink /d c:\share\music \\server\music
5. Done. Now you have non-indexed UNC path as a library.
Cecilia Zhou
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And it worked!

And, asking for my money back? Well, it's not too bad, have to get used to
it.
XP support will stop in 2014 and by that time I will be using W7.

Cheers,
Fokke
 
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