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I have a client with an older network running server 2003.  The workstations are XP SP3 except one Windows 7 Pro.  I recently replaced a workstation with one running Windows 8 Pro.  When I browse the network it shows only itself and the Win 7 machine.  If I type in \\server in the address bar it immediately shows all the shared folders on the server and I am able to map drives, etc.  You cannot browse down inside a shared folder to map a drive to a folder under the shared folder, but you can map the drive if you manually enter the path to the folder.

What have I missed ?
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by:John Hurst
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I don't think you have missed anything. With the added security of newer machines, it is best to properly map shared folders. I do this with a domain (AD) script or a desktop script if the machine is off domain.

It is better to map drives than to browse because some applications do not respond properly to browsed folders.

There have been lots of changes since XP and security is one of them.

You can look through Control Panel, Network and Sharing Center, Change Advanced Sharing Options, Select Work or Domain and check the settings in there to make sure that Network Discovery, File and Print Sharing, Use Passwords, etc are all enabled.

Make sure the NIC is not set to "Public" .

... Thinkpads_User
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@AndyMT - Any feedback? Scripts are a correct way to go, so I see nothing amiss if the machine is otherwise working properly. .... Thinkpads_User
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I will wait for the user to get off her machine and check that the NIC is not set to Public - I don't think it is, but need to check to be sure.
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The situation seems to come and go.  Sometimes I see the network, sometimes I don't, but I am always able to type in a name of a shared folder and fully access it.
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That is more or less the way scripts work so just go the way of scripts and you should be fine.  .... Thinkpads_User
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@AndyMT - Thank you. I was happy to help and I think all should be well now.
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