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Prevent a Windows 2000 Server from being advertised on the network

Posted on 2004-10-25
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Just curious if it was possible to prevent a Windows 2000 domain server from being advertised on the network. In other words I do no want users to be able to browse to the server via network neighborhood. I know I could create a GPO that would prevent users from browsing the network, but I can't do that because of other issues......


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To "hide" a server from the LAN you need to disable NetBIOS and stop it registering it's name in DNS.

NetBIOS config is in the WINS IP properties and DNS can be stopped by unchecking the "register this connection in DNS" box also in the IP properties under DNS settings.

That will only stop users browsing to it, it wont stop access by IP address. Plus you'll have to wait for everyones caches to expire before it actually seems to disappear.

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What impact would this have on AD? This doesn't sound like a wise thing to do........I know creating a GPO is the way to go, but I can't do it at this time......
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Govnah
If the server is your AD DC then this is a BAD THING. However if the server is just another member server, then hiding it from the browse list will not cause issues, unless it hosts services that the users have to get to.

A GPO may well be "a sledge hammer to crack a nut" in this case.

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Yes it is actually our payroll server not a DC......So if the users no the names and shares it shouldn't be a problem........
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Ok, so it sounds like you want to disable NetBIOS but LEAVE DNS. That way the users will be able to access the machine by name, if they know the name, but it will not appear in a browse list.

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