Can i hide a machine from the network

Posted on 2007-07-24
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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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nightmare2 earned 1000 total points
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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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Will it not come back even when i restart until i put in the command

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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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by:Alan Huseyin Kayahan
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         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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