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We have a network with Windows 7 and OS X (10.5 and 10.6) computers. Our servers run on Windows Server 2003 (1 Small Business Server, 2 Standard). We need to be able to search through about 15.000 - 30.000 documents in our archives.

The best solution would be if users can search directly from the Windows menu (on Windows 7) or the Spotlight menu (on OS X 10.5 and 10.6). Also good would be if users can search directly from the search bar in their browsers, or by first visiting a site with the search form. In case the users search through the browser, it's important they they are able to open a file in the search results just by clicking on it.

I have tested Microsoft Search Server Express, but it doesn't meet the requirements (no OS X support, results in the browser can't be opened by clicking in anything but Internet Explorer). I have looked at Spotlight server, but that only supports OS X.


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'Google Search Applicance' maybe, they give you a machine for your intranet which does the indexing and the searching and you give them money.

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aside from google there are other search engines, 'xapian' (with the convinience package 'omega') or 'lucene' to name two. you could setup a box, let the indexers do their job and setup a little webpage for the intranet which searches in the index.

or you pay someone else money to do that for you, eg. 'flax' has taken xapian as their base and then put some sugar onto it.

you can find similar projects surfing the 'powered by' page of lucene or the 'users' page of xapian.

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thanks for the quick cleanup. :) – quack quixote May 5 '10 at 5:28
if that would earn me a new badge ... "fastest cleanup ever" :) – akira May 5 '10 at 5:31

another option would be 'google desktop search', but then every machine in the network would have to have access to all the files and would have to index all of the 30k documents by itself.

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