That’s it? That’s all I get?

Posted on June 14, 2012 · Posted in Software

There was a time that a network server was a very exciting thing. “Wow, you can put a file there and I can get it after you’re done!”, yes those were exciting days. But let’s face it, cool stuff happens all the time now. What was mind blowing a decade ago is frankly boring now (unless it doesn’t work).

So you’ve spent all that capital money on new servers (usually after relentless warnings on my part), and they perform necessary, yet boring tasks. You say to yourself, “that exactly what they did 10 years ago, where’s the innovation?”.

Well, it might not be as show stopping as your new iPad 3, but there are a few tricks left in that server we’ve been keeping a secret. How about document searching for all of your Word, Excel, PowerPoint, text and PDF files, including content? How about it being almost free? Would that wind your clock?

Microsoft has made available for free (sort of) their Microsoft Search Server Express 2010. Your network users can search all of the network storage they have rights to, in a simple web browser (can you say Google?). Now, as with most cool things, it’s not quite that simple, but it’s close.  It also searches your email and under the couch (just checking… ). I’m talking file content too, not just file names. You know, that PDF file that you know had the perfect product description, where could it be? Obviously someone moved it to another location on the server, because you would have put it right here! How dare they…

Pop open you Search Server web page, type in “Best product on the plant” and tada! There it is, buried in my private folder on the server; Argh, must have been that devilish data fairy.  We’ll that doesn’t matter, I have what I needed, and I didn’t even need to ask Cory if he can find it.  I am very impressed with myself, again.

If this sounds like something you could use, check it out http://www.microsoft.com/enterprisesearch/searchserverexpress/en/us/features.aspx

Keith