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I am trying to find a software application / suite that will allow me to search a Windows 2003 based network (both server's and attached nodes). The goals being:

  • It should be fast and non-invasive to a node being scanned (from a performance stand point)
  • It should allow for a targeted scan (i.e. search for file *.pst).
  • It should be able to scan multiple Windows operating system versions (Vista, Win7, XP, anything older is not needed).

I have found a few packages out there but there none that I have seen so far meet all three goals from my experience.

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Take a look at Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express. It's free (as in free beer) and should run on your network fine.

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According to the system requirements it requires Windows® SharePoint® Services 3.0 which is not available on the network in question. Do you possibly have re-world experience with this product? – Mort Jan 30 '10 at 2:32
As far as I know, Share Point Services are free to download here:…. I don't have any real-world experience with this product yet, but I'll be looking at it next week. – Russ Warren Jan 30 '10 at 2:54


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Yes I've seen this already but per their FAQ it only search local / removable drives. – Mort Jan 30 '10 at 2:28
The FAQ indicates it only search local or removable volumes. – Mort Jan 30 '10 at 2:32

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