Searching for computer on a network in Vista

Posted on 2007-03-22
Last Modified: 2010-04-12
Anyone know how to search for a computer in Vista?  In XP you used to be able to right click on Network Places and a search option would appear.  I have tried typing \\192.168... in the search box when you click start but that does not work.  I am trying to find a computer that is on a remote network via VPN.  I can ping the IP and connect to it via RDP but can't see it in the network browser?

Question by:jeffreychorba
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how about issuing the command:

    net view \\computername


    net view \\x.x.x.x

where x.x.x.x is the comptuers IP address.  However there are valid reasons that you might not be able to see it.  It has a personal firewall, it has print and file servers disabled, it has netbios disabled, you are in different Windows Domains, etc.

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When I issued this command it showed the shares on the system.  I would like to be able to have an icon on the desktop so that if the user wants to access files directly on the remote system over the VPN.  On XP, I would right click on the Network Places and click search for the remote system IP.  Then it would show a computer icon in the results that I could drag to the desktop.

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It seems like you do not have AD and you may not have a WINS server.   If you can do a net view on it, you should be able to map a drive to it. What about just mapping a drive?

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I can map a drive letter using the DOS command net use which then creates a driveletter under my computer. This will work, but would like to know if there is anyway to browse to the shares without the net use command?  It could be a little complicated for an average user.


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giltjr earned 500 total points
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I don't have access to Vista right now. But you should be able to map the drive by using Tools, Map Network drive when you are in the Explorer Window.  You should be able to check the box to make it a persistent connection which means it will try and to the map every time they logon.

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