Windows Search Not Working On Mapped Network Drives

To allow or enable Windows Search on Mapped Network Drives, the following must be performed on the local workstation, not the server:

1. Open Windows Explorer
2. On the upper menu bar, click on “Organize” and then select “Folder and Search Options” from the drop-down menu.
3. When the Folder Options settings appear, click on the “Search” tab
4. Go down to the section “How to Search”
5. Place a checkmark next to “Don’t use the index when searching in file folders for system files”
6. Click on “OK”

You should now be able to search Mapped Network Drives

Windows Snipping Tool Gone

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Somehow, my very useful Windows Snipping tool had disappeared from my computer. No trace of it. I know there are others and there will be others so if you find yourself in a similar situation, just follow these steps:

1. Create a shortcut on your desktop. You can do this by doing a right-mouse click on your desktop and selecting “New” -> “Shortcut”

2. When prompted to type the location of the item, copy and paste this into the location:    %windir%\system32\SnippingTool.exe

3. Click Next, name your new shortcut (I made mine Snipping Tool) and then Finish.

4. From there, you can click and drag it to your start menu where you can pin it to your task bar and so on.

Batch Files – Create New Folder Using Current Date and Time in Folder Name

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This would be great for backup jobs or copying files where you want to keep track of when it was done.

In my simple batch file, I’m copying contents from a mapped network drive to my local machine.

Originally, I was using the following command:

xcopy S: C:\Users\james\Documents\Backup_WIN_Server\SysAdmin /c /v /f /i /s /e /h /y

If using this for a simple form of backup, the data will be overwritten each time I run the batch file.

In order to create a new directory each time with a time/date stamp, all I need to do is use a substring and the built-in %DATE% and %TIME% variables. In this example, I’m just adding the substring before my xcopy command.

@echo OFF
:: Use date /t and time /t from the command line to get the format of your date and
:: time; change the substring below as needed.
:: This will create a timestamp like yyyy-mm-dd-hh-mm-ss.
set TIMESTAMP=%DATE:~10,4%-%DATE:~4,2%-%DATE:~7,2%-%TIME:~0,2%-%TIME:~3,2%-%TIME:~6,2%


Finally, I just need to add that timestamp to my destination folder as such:

xcopy S: C:\Users\james\Documents\Backup_WIN_Server\"%1\%TIMESTAMP%-SysAdmin" /c /v /f /i /s /e /h /y