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Is there a way to stop other users from seeing the computers that are attached to the network?

It is a 2011 SBS network and all the workstations are Windows 7 Professional with a few Windows XP Professional workstations. About 60 workstations in all.
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by:Kimputer
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Group policy: enable firewall, don't allow printer/file sharing, disable ICMP reply
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by:Docomon
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But if you don't allow printer/file sharing won't that have other ramifications?
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by:Kimputer
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Yes, managing your computers on the server will be much much more complicated, if not impossible. They will still follow the group policies you've set, but if you want to log in, or check files (on admin share), look at log files, do registry edits, you're out of luck.
Of course, if you go deeper in the firewall settings, you can enable file/printer sharing to pass through the firewall, but add the scope that only the server is allowed.
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Is there not another option?
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I trust you are not actually wanting to block access to devices or resources, but want to stop folk from browsing the network to see what PC's and shares are available.  If that is the case you need to disable network discovery.  Microsoft has a good article explaining what network discovery does, how it works, and what you need to do to disable it:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/networking/archive/2010/12/06/disabling-network-discovery-network-resources.aspx
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by:comfortjeanius
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On the Windows 7 workstations you can disable the Function Discovery Provider Host.
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by:McKnife
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Please define "other".
And tell us what goal you have in mind, what would be gained, then.
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