Ok, so you got Windows server 2008 R2 having some shares you want to add to your Windows 7 library. Here’s the guide to make it to work (without having the files available offline) [from here]:
On Windows 2008 R2 server, do NOT install the indexing service! It’s a Server 2003 version that is not recognized by Windows 7 clients. Instead, install the ”Windows Search Service” – you can only pick one or the other so make sure you select Windows Search Service – it’s one of the roles under File Services.
The install wizard should ask you which folders/drives you want to index – choose any data drive (recommend NOT selecting the system/boot drives) that contains files you want to include in your Windows 7 library on the workstations. If you missed this during the install, you can go back to CONTROL PANEL and type ”indexing” into the search box to find the indexing options and customize it there (exactly the same way you do with Windows 7).
As soon as the drives have been added, you can now include any locations on those drives in your Windows 7 workstation libraries (even before the server finishes indexing). You will no longer get any warnings that ”some locations are not indexed”…everything works as it should!
Make sure the SYSTEM account has full access to the folder you are trying to index
I noticed that the above steps might not be enough. If you are trying to add the network share to library using the computers smb name (e.g. someserver) it should work. Also the ip address should work all right according to my tests (I’ve read somewhere that it might cause problems…). However, In my case I have a dynamic dns service (dyndns.com) set up. Using that domain name (e.g. someserver.ath.cx) does not work when adding share to Windows 7 library. So always use the ip address or smb-name (not the domain name) when adding share to Windows 7 library.
Note that you can find some symbolic link trickery to fool windows to add unindexed folders to library. However, that just adds the folders to the library, but the searches will be slow!
Some time has gone since my previous tips for making video thumbnails work in Windows 7. For some reason these tricks doesn’t seem to work in Windows 7 (not at least in 64 bit). Here’s a guide to fix the thumbnails in Windows 7 (probably works in older versions too!)
Fortunately, there is an easy way to make mkv files show the thumbnails, just install the latest MKV on Windows 7 from divx. Now you are probably thinking that you don’t want to install divx — it’s so 90’s. Fortunately, you don’t have to install anything extra just install the parts you need (meaning that you don’t need any codecs).
The following picture shows the necessary parts you need to have mkv video thumbnails in 64bit Windows 7. This probably works for 32bit too.
Just install these components in DivX
You will also have to install 64 bit video codecs. I prefer ffdshow since it basically contains video codecs for every possible video, in addition it supports hardware accerelated video decoding. You can install ffdshow from here. Just select the 64 bit version under SVN Builds. Notice that the 64 bit ffdshow codecs are still experimental so they might prove to be unstable…I think choosing the ”H.264 Decoder” and DivX codec in DivX installer might work just as well for some people. To me it really doesn’t matter so much since the 64 bit codecs are used only for thumbnail generation. The video player I use (media player classic home cinema, available here) is 32bit and therefore it uses 32 bit codecs. Actually, the media player home cinema is bundled with internal h.264 decoder.
EDIT:Installing the direct show filters is no longer possible. One must install DivX Plus. Only the codec pack is mandatory for thumbnails.