Fast indexed search for files across all Windows workstations – search entire network for files |
Finds files on network computers in the locations currently indexed by Windows Search. Extracts file name, size, creation date and modification date.
This query filter supports multiple wildcard parameters, separated by commas. You can either specify a set of extensions to search (*.mp3, *.mpg) or use * (all file extensions) to search the entire network for files. For example, you can use this free Windows file search tool instead of a PowerShell script to find all MP3 files on your Windows endpoints or utilize it as a centralized alternative to Windows Search to do file search in Windows. File Names and Exclude Files parameters support environment variables in the following format: $env:VARNAME (such as you can specify $env:WINDIR,$env:ProgramFiles).
NOTE: Unlike non-indexed search query, this query performs search on all computers on network for files very quickly and does not utilize significant resources on the searched endpoints and it supports alerts. However the search scope is limited to locations and extension that are currently being indexed by Windows Search (via Windows indexing). The default indexed scope is all user profiles (%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Users) with AppData folders excluded. To change Windows Search settings, use Control Panel (Indexing Options) or Group Policy (Computer\Admin Templates\Windows Components\Search) to configure how Windows searches in files.
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