Additional Features

Applies To: Windows Storage Server 2008

Windows Search Service is a new indexing solution that is included in Windows Server® 2008 as a role service in the File Services role. It creates an index of the most common file and non-file data types on your server—such as e-mail, contacts, calendar appointments, documents, photos, multimedia, and other formats extended by non-Microsoft files. Indexing files and data types enables you to perform fast file searches on your server from computers running Windows Vista, or from computers running Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 with Windows Desktop Search installed.


Indexing is not supported in clustered environments.

Print Management is an MMC snap-in that you can use to view and manage printers and print servers in your organization. You can use Print Management from any computer running Windows Storage Server 2008, and you can manage all network printers on print servers running Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, Windows Storage Server 2003, Windows Storage Server 2003 R2, or Windows Storage Server 2008.

Print Management provides details such as the queue status, printer name, driver name, and server name. You can also set custom views by using the Print Management filtering capability. For example, you can create a view that displays only printers in a particular error state. You can also configure Print Management to send e-mail notifications or run scripts when a printer or print server needs attention. The filtering capability also allows you to bulk edit print jobs, such as canceling all print jobs at once. You can also delete multiple printers at the same time.

Administrators can install printers remotely by using the automatic detection feature, which finds and installs printers on the local subnet to the local print server. Administrators can log on remotely to a server at a branch location, and then install printers remotely.