WDS Additional Information and Resources

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

This section provides additional information and resources for IT professionals.

WDS Supplemental License Terms

Microsoft Corporation (or based on where you live, one of its affiliates) licenses this supplement to you. You may use a copy of this supplement with each validly licensed copy of Microsoft Windows software identified for use with it (the 'software'). You may not use it if you do not have a license for the software. The license terms for the software apply to your use of this supplement.


Full service break or fix support is available through the customary Microsoft support channels. Support is offered on a pay-per-incident basis or through contract programs such as Premier and Essential. For more information about support options, visit the Microsoft Services Enterprise Support Web page (http://www.microsoft.com/services/microsoftservices/srv\_support.msp).

Or, call toll-free at 1-800-936-3500 in the U.S. and Canada only.

For information about international support options, visit the Microsoft International Support Web site (http://support.microsoft.com/common/international.aspx).

WDS System Requirements

WDS Developer Forum on MSDN

Windows Live Toolbar

MSN Search Toolbar

Information about Group Policy on Microsoft TechNet

WDS Group Policy template file


WDS Add-ins

MSN Search Toolbar Syntax

FAQ for Windows Desktop Search

WDS 3.01 Troubleshooting Guide

Document Revision History

Date Changes

Jan 1, 2008

Reorganized and updated the Administrator's Guide:

  • Separated the Deployment Options section

  • Updated the Installation Considerations section

  • Separated and updated the Deployment checklist

  • Reorganized and updated Group Policy sections

Added new content to the Troubleshooting Guide.

Sept 26, 2007

Updated with Troubleshooting tips.

Feb 30, 2007

Updated information relating to the following:

  • Update to entire document as it relates to the new architecture of Windows Search now being a service (WDS 3.x).

  • New documentation on Group Policy and limitations

  • Nov 11, 2006Updated information relating to the following:

  • Update to policies with behavior modifications including preventing indexing of an Uncached exchange folder and index location changes

  • New policies for bandwidth throttling of the indexer and hiding the Web search button

  • Inclusion of availability of the Enterprise components pack

  • General organization and update to sections including:

    • Pre-installation Considerations section

    • Installing WDS section

    • Group Policy section

    • Additional Information and Resources section

May 26, 2006

Updated Information relating to the following:

  • Add-ins

  • Roaming Profiles

  • How WDS works with Exchange Server

  • New policies and how to install the ADM file

  • International versions and the MUI pack

  • Enterprise Deployment Checklist

  • Security and privacy

  • Added link to the MSDN Developers Forum

  • Added Last Updated field to top of document

Mar 8, 2006

New revision. Added additional sections and this revision table.

Jan 26, 2006

Updated WDS installation package to WindowsDesktopSearch-KB907371-V2-x86-XXX.exe where XXX is the localization code for the language of the package. I.E. ENU. Added release date version table.