But it does do substring searches (the gist of this very post) by adding asterisks around the string. Either after or before or both, depending on what you're looking for. Its a big change from all previous versions of the JSS as far back as I can recall. But I think the reason behind it is so you can now do things like include/exclude within the basic search, which wasn't really possible before.
That said, the filtering field is a welcome addition. However, I wish the Export and Action buttons didn't vanish as soon as you filter a search. Why not allow us to do something with filtered results other than just look at them? 😕 That seems to limit the filters usefulness to me.
Here is what I'm seeing when performing searches. Let's say the computer I'm looking for is "Forrest-Gump-1234."
Search for "Forrest"...returns nothing. (In version 8, this would return all computers containing "Forrest.")
Search for "Forrest-Gump-1234"...returns "Forrest-Gump-1234."
Search for "Forrest*"...returns "Forrest-Gump-1234" (and I assume anything else starting with "Forrest.")
...I'm not a smart man...but I know what search is.
(Edit: I'm on 9.2)