I've been looking for a file finding utility but can't find one that fits our needs.
We're a manufacturing company so we have lots of documents; CAD files, Quality Instructions, Invoices, POs, etc. Over time we've migrated everything to PDF files with meaningful names. They are stored in hierarchical subdirectories so you can manually drill down to what you are looking for but you might have to go through 6 - 7 levels.
We've been using a utility that I like a lot; Index Your Files. It creates indexes of your files so searching on a name or part of name is extremely fast. But like so many other file utilities, they are aimed at individuals. I've got 40 or so users and I've setup each one with Index Your Files. Each copy has to update it's own databases a couple of times a day creating a lot of duplicated load on the network.
I'd like a utility that comes in two parts. I'd like one part to an administrative and index building utility that would create all indexes and then update them on a schedule. The other part would be a searching-only utility that used the indexes built by the admin utility. The only configuration you would have in the search utility would be to select the indexes you're interested in searching.
I've tried Locate32 but couldn't get it to work right and documentation is sketchy.
Any suggestions? After all the looking I've done at existing utilities, I would think the two part model would be a great innovation because it would be applicable to individuals as well as multi-users scenarios.