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I built 3 Server 2008R2 servers and for some reason one of them doesn't show up in Network Places and I can't figure out why. All three were setup the exact same way so I am confused as to why two of them show up but one doesn't. Any ideas?
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by:kgreeneit
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generally you need to enable the 'Computer Browser' service to view and manage a WIn 2008 computer in Network Places.

Hope this helps!
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by:KeterHD
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Also, did you check Windows' firewall? Is it enabled? Can you disable it and see if the issue persists?

Also, in addition to Computer Browser service, I'd throw in the TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper service. Make sure it's enabled.
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Computer Browser service is disabled on all three (but two still show in Network Places. The firewall is also disabled on the server and the TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper service is started. Any other thoughts?
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by:Darius Ghassem
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You need to have Computer Browser service started and enabled.

Make sure NetBios over TCP\IP is enabled

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_Server_2008/Q_26971493.html?cid=1131#a35447085
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How come the other two and the rest of my servers have the Computer Browser service disabled and they still show up?
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by:engeltje
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This could be cached information.
Even when the server is shut down, it still can be visible in the network places for a while.
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by:flugaurj
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They have never had the Computer Browser service enabled though as it is disabled by default..
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by:Darius Ghassem
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I have seen this happen before as well but if you want the servers to be able to browsed you need to enable the Computer Browser service.
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Did you try connecting the server to a different port on the switch?
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by:flugaurj
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They are all virtual
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