Bas - The federated search feature works over both the LAN or the internet. If the server were to implement OpenSearch and RSS/Atom search results, then yes, you could potentially do what you described.
I think what Paolo was getting at was that this functionality (what we call "Search Connectors") is separate from Libraries, and that these search locations cannot be added to libraries.
However, within your LAN environment, you very much can add your WHS shares to your libraries if they are indexed on the WHS machine.
I don't know how WMP editing affects the files in Win7, but I can try to find out. I've never had a problem with it, though. I'm sure David, Paul, and others will be checking out this thread and taking note of your feedback, so keep it coming!
Hopefully part 2 will be up soon, featuring yours truly =D
All the library operations, like showing the "album" view, operate over the Windows Search indexer. It gets the metadata information from the file, using the registered property handler for that file type. The out-of-the-box handlers should cover all the
common media cases just as in Vista.
With Vista also maintaining index data of all (well, most) the data on the search scope, Isn't the replication of data (google's desktop search and others) a cause for concern? Any means being worked out for a standard index file format that can be used
by other applications?
Any developer can interact with the Windows Desktop Search indexer in three ways:
1) You can add support for your file formats using an IFilter 2) You can add support for non-file based data stores using Protocol Handlers
3) You can access the data in the WDS indexer by sending a query and consuming the results. Right now this is done via OleDb. At the PDC, we showed some of the changes and enhancements that are being made to the WDS APIs for Vista and our future down-level
Having multiple indexers is a possibility today and will continue to be a possibility in the future. However, there will obviously be a performance concern if you run more than one simultaneously.