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I have two different windows 2008 r2 servers that I am trying to install software on.  During the install process I need to point to a network share for data.  One of the servers allows me to browse the network the other does not.  Both servers have the same group policy objects being applied, so I am assuming that a registry key has been changed to hide the network.  I can see the "Network" from windows explorer on both PCs.
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by:Michael Dyer
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Here are a few things to check on that server.

1.Make sure that the following dependency services are started:

  DNS Client
  Function Discovery Resource Publication
  SSDP Discovery
  UPnP Device Host

2.Configure the Windows firewall to allow Network Discovery.

To do this, follow these steps:

Open Control Panel, click System and Security, and then click Windows Firewall.

In the left pane, click Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall if you are running Windows Server 2012. Or, click Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall if you are running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

Click Change settings. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

Select Network discovery, and then click OK.

3.  Configure any other firewalls in the network to allow Network Discovery.

4.  Turn on Network Discovery in Network and Sharing Center.
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by:equitybank
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Michael, thanks for the suggestions, but they didn't fix my issue.
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by:shuhail ak
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check the port number 445 is open
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Port number 445 is open.
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by:equitybank
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Just a little more information on this problem.  It appears I cannot browse the "network"  only from "open folder" dialog boxes.  Open File, Save File, and windows explorer all show the network correctly.  Look at the attachment for examples.
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So after talking with a co-worker he remembered running this utility against the server I was working on.  I ran the shownetwork switch to get the network to show back up in the dialog box.

http://www.gunnalag.com/2011/10/14/windows-explorer-navigation-pane-configuration-tool-wenpcfg/
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I solved my own problem.
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