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What are the basic services I need on my WinServer 2008 r2 for home network

I'm trying to use winserver 2008 r2 as my desktop OS, mostly with success. But I was fooling around the the group policy and security templates and somehow got this thing really screwed up, and can't revert it. My restore from back up options have
not been fruitful and the changes seem to affect all profiles.

None of the 4 other machines on the home network can see or share with r2 box though Network  discovery is enabled.

Anyone have any thoughts on my best plan of attack?


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Have you tried to attach to a share via the UNC path - \\servername\sharename?
Off the top of my head, i cannot think of what GPO settings will affect File sharing.

I would suggest checking basic connectivity and then working up from their.

ping i.p.a.d.d.r.e.s.s
ping servername
## These will prove basic connectivity and will also confirm that dns is responding with the correct A Record

If the basics are working, test the firewall on you windows server.
You could temporarily disable this and test, as this is the quickest way to test.

If you really think that the problem is GPO related you can run RSOP.msc from the run menu. This will display only the 'set' policies.
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thanks, I'll ckeck these things out and brb.
Ok, jlindler, I'm investigating how to do what you recomend.
ATech - note screen shot  (btw - I don't think this is dangerous info to post, or is it?)
ATech - I my be misspeaking when I say GPO, it was more like security and firewall rules, for the group.
oh forgot the attachment:
network-SS.PNG
Go to Start -> Run and enter \\servername\sharename.     Also, you can try \\ipaddress\sharename.

It might be that your computers do not know where to find your server.  

Ok, pinging server (jody-pc) seems to be working.
Ping-SS-Severname.PNG
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jlindler, thanks I think I'm doing this correctly and it doesn't seem to see the network (Jody-PC).

Serve-Manager-SS.png
Ok, got the private and public firewalls off, can't find a place to turn off the domain firewall. But my laptop can now access the server vie win explorer.
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yup other Net pcs now attaching
Must be a firewall issue.

What services or protocols control filemsharinfo
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Ok, those ports are "shored up" and firewall is back on, and I'm stal able to access the server, so far.
Oh
Dariusg, I just noticed the previous post from you, ??.
Don't know how I missed it, or if it just came in,
12/24/10 03:46 PM, ID: 34423552
I'll work on those issues now too.
Ok, just back from family dinner but I finished those tweaks from Dariusg.
fire wall active on the server, and the rest of the network can still see the server. Soooo, maybe we fixed it?
Seems like it.
thank you all very much! Good job.