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Can you have a computer description showup in explorer

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For the life of me I can't figure this out.  I have 8 servers.  Each one has it's own description on the Computer Name screen.  For instance the server name could be FS1@mydomain.com and the description could be 'accounting'.

When I do a scan for my servers using explorer I have one server(and one server only) that shows both the name and the description.  All the others only show the server name.

Does anyone know how to change this so I can see both the server name and the server description?  

Windows server 2007.

Thanks,
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by:keamo
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So all the servers have the description field filled in System Properties, Computer Name tab?
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by:keamo
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Also have you tried running "nbtstat -RR" on the systems not showing up?
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Well the issue appears to have changed on me since I wrote this.  on the 2007 servers, when I bring up the servers in explorer, under the name heading, it now shows the description first followed by the name in parenthesis.  ie Accounting(FS1@mydomain.com) whereas accounting is the description and FS1 is the server name.  On the 2008 servers, it only shows the File Server name and no description.  The description now shows up under another heading also called "comments".

In a perfect world, I'd like to know how I can only have the server name in the name field and the description in the comments field.

My customer has multiple servers (FS1, FS2, FS3) that do different things (FS1=accounting, FS2=Datastorage, etc).  It's confusing when I'm trying to remember which server does which jobs and that's what I'm trying to remedy.

Thanks for any help!
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Tried nbtstat -rr with no luck
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Your posts say Windows 2007 servers, I assume you meant 2003?

Interesting.  This seems to be an issue with just the 2008 Servers.  None of them show up in Network Neighborhood with a correct description?....I wonder if this is a bug that might be corrected with the next SP.....
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Yes 2003 and yes on the 2008 servers, however on my 2003 servers it is showing the description prior to the actual server name as mentioned above.  Any idea how to change that?
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BTW can you have the server descriptions show up in a Windows Vista explorer and if so how?
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