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FileLocator Network - How it works

 

FileLocator Network can search remote computers:

- via Network or Administrative Shares, e.g. C$, D$

- via a Search Agent process running on the remote computers

 

Searching via Administrative Shares

 

When searching via administrative shares FileLocator Network connects to the administrative shares on each computer, e.g. C$, D$ etc. and searches all necessary data via the network.

 

This option works on all computers that support administrative shares, regardless of operating system, because no code is run on the remote computer. However, this also means that all searched data needs to be retrieved over the network limiting the possibilities of parallel searching.

 

Searching via Search Agent Process

 

When searching via the Search Agent process FileLocator Network runs the search locally on each remote computer and retrieves just the found results. This method is much faster and more efficient than searching via Administrative Shares since the CPU work load is spread across the networked computers and the data is searched locally, ie not sent over the network.

 

The Search Agent process can be run on demand or installed manually:

 

On Demand

The simplest option but requires write access to the administrative shares on each remote computer. For every search request FileLocator Network:

 

1. Copies the Search Agent process to the remote machine via an administrative share.

2. Runs the search through the Search Agent process.

3. Collects the results.

4. Removes the Search Agent process and any temporary files.

 

Manual (TCP/IP)

In situations where administrative access to the remote machines is not always available or desirable it is possible to install/run the Search Agent process manually and communicate with it via TCP/IP sockets.

 

 

Which Option is Best?

 

Each approach has its own unique set of advantages and disadvantages:

 

 

Admin Shares

Search Agent
(On Demand)

Search Agent
(Manual)

Advantages

 

 

 


 

 

 

Works with any operating system that supports administrative shares

Yes

 

 

Fast parallel searching

 

Yes

Yes

Reduced network traffic

 

Yes

Yes

Encrypted communication path

 

Yes

Yes

Windows Firewall friendly

Yes

Yes

 

Simple to use

Yes

Yes

 


 

 

 

Requirements

 

 

 


 

 

 

Windows XP or higher

 

Required

Required

Read access to admin shares

Required

Required

 

Write access to admin shares

 

Required

 

Manual installation/run of Search Agent

 

 

Required

Exception on Windows Firewall

 

 

Required

Executable code run on remote computer

 

Required

Required

All searchable data sent over network

Required

 

 


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