PowerShell – Access Windows Search

Windows has a Search feature that integrates in the OS and as well in Outlook.

Using the Control Panel you access the settings, which folders to index and which folders or Email folders.

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To access the Search database you can use the “Search.CollatorDSO” Provider.

CLS

# GENERAL_COLUMNS
#$GENERAL_COLUMNS = "System.Kind"
$GENERAL_COLUMNS = "System.ItemPathDisplay"
#$GENERAL_COLUMNS = "System.ItemFolderPathDisplay"
#$GENERAL_COLUMNS = "System.Size"
#$GENERAL_COLUMNS = "System.DateCreated"
#$GENERAL_COLUMNS = "System.Author"
#$GENERAL_COLUMNS = "System.Keywords"

# DOCUMENT_COLUMNS
#$GENERAL_COLUMNS = "System.Image.HorizontalSize"
#$GENERAL_COLUMNS = "System.Image.VerticalSize"
#$GENERAL_COLUMNS = "System.Image.BitDepth"
#$GENERAL_COLUMNS = "System.Image.Compression"
#$GENERAL_COLUMNS = "System.Photo.CameraModel"
#$GENERAL_COLUMNS = "System.Photo.DateTaken"
#$GENERAL_COLUMNS = "System.Photo.Flash"

# MUSIC_COLUMNS
#$GENERAL_COLUMNS = "System.Music.Artist"
#$GENERAL_COLUMNS = "System.Music.Genre"
#$GENERAL_COLUMNS = "System.Music.TrackNumber"
#$GENERAL_COLUMNS = "System.Audio.Compression"
#$GENERAL_COLUMNS = "System.Audio.SampleRate"
#$GENERAL_COLUMNS = "System.DRM.IsProtected"
#$GENERAL_COLUMNS = "System.Music.AlbumTitle"
#$GENERAL_COLUMNS = "System.Rating"
#$GENERAL_COLUMNS = "System.Audio.EncodingBitrate"

# VIDEO_COLUMNS
#$VIDEO_COLUMNS = "System.RecordedTV.ChannelNumber"
#$VIDEO_COLUMNS = "System.RecordedTV.EpisodeName"
#$VIDEO_COLUMNS = "System.RecordedTV.NetworkAffiliation"
#$VIDEO_COLUMNS = "System.RecordedTV.RecordingTime"
#$VIDEO_COLUMNS = "System.Video.Compression"
#$VIDEO_COLUMNS = "System.Video.EncodingBitrate"
#$VIDEO_COLUMNS = "System.Video.FrameHeight"
#$VIDEO_COLUMNS = "System.Video.FrameWidth"    
  
$keyword1 = "PowerShell"  
$keyword2 = "au3"  
$extension = ".PDF"
$folder = "C:\"  


$objConnection = New-Object -com ADODB.Connection  
$objRecordSet = New-Object -com ADODB.Recordset

$objConnection.Open("Provider=Search.CollatorDSO;Extended Properties='Application=Windows';")  
$objRecordSet.Open("SELECT $GENERAL_COLUMNS FROM SYSTEMINDEX WHERE System.FileExtension = '$extension' `
                    AND (Contains(Contents,'$keyword1') OR Contains(Contents, '$keyword2')) `
                    AND System.ItemPathDisplay LIKE '$folder\%'", $objConnection)  

if ($objRecordSet.EOF -eq $false) {$objRecordSet.MoveFirst() }  
  
while ($objRecordset.EOF -ne $true) {  
  $objRecordset.Fields.Item("System.ItemPathDisplay").Value  
  $objRecordset.MoveNext()  
 }


rv folder, extension, keyword1, keyword2

As you can see there are many columns you can search. Or using some Queries you can run this on your indexed mails

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The bonus you get it that you can use this technology to do Remote Search over your network on a remote server or PC.

Enjoy !

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