Can i hide a machine from the network

Posted on 2007-07-24
Last Modified: 2010-03-05

i want to hide some machines.Is there any way i can hide them from being seen in Network nei,\\machinename access,\\ipaddess access.But only with \\machinename:port and mstsc machinename :port should be possible.

Question by:bsharath
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    Accepted Solution

    Issue this command on the machine you want to hide from the browser list:

    net config server /hidden:yes

    To unhide the computer from the Browser list, type net config server /hidden:no

    It may take up to 30 minutes for the server to disappear from the Browser lists.
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    Author Comment

    Will it not come back even when i restart until i put in the command
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    Expert Comment

    This command creates a value 'Hidden' and sets it to 1 in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters
    The computer will be invisible from the browser list even if you restart.
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    Assisted Solution

    by:Alan Huseyin Kayahan
             Hi Sharath
                   This is possible via Windows Firewall
                      *Start>Settings>Control Panel>Windows Firewall
                        *Enable firewall and make sure "Dont allow exceptions" is NOT checked
                        *Locate exceptions tab. Uncheck the box of File and printer sharing. Do the same for Remote Desktop.
                       *Now click Add Port, then specify the port you want to access computername:portnumber
                       *Dont forget to change RDP port registry key for new port


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