Bug 10257 - Samba shares cannot be added to Windows 8.x libraries
Summary: Samba shares cannot be added to Windows 8.x libraries
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: Samba 4.1 and newer
Classification: Unclassified
Component: File services (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All Other
: P5 normal (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Samba QA Contact
QA Contact: Samba QA Contact
Depends on:
Reported: 2013-11-06 20:10 UTC by jnbarlow
Modified: 2014-10-13 10:52 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Description jnbarlow 2013-11-06 20:10:59 UTC

Samba shares cannot be added to Windows 8.x libraries due to lack of indexing.  From what I can find, it is because of the Windows Search Protocol not being supported.

In Windows 7, they could still be added and used by legacy apps (even though the system complained about it).  In Windows 8.x, however, you have to use tricks like using symlinks to get them added to libraries.  Even then, none of the built-in Windows Modern applications can see content in the NAS due to the lack of an index.

This effects ANY NAS product using SAMBA.  Windows 8.x simply cannot use these locations with its native applications.  

I know this is more of a feature request than a bug, but I wasn't sure where else to submit this :(.

Steps to Reproduce:

1. Create a Samba share with a few MP3 files
2. In Windows 8.x attempt to add this network location to the Music library

Expected Results:

Location added to library, musical goodness to ensue in the Xbox Music app

Actual Results:

Windows responds with the error "This location cannot be added to the Library because it is not indexed" -- no musical goodness.