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File server not showing up under "Network"

Last Modified: 2020-10-17
Hello, I have set up this new domain a few months ago and everything works like a charm. I'm using Windows Server 2019 with 4 VMs: file server, domain controller, W10 for various service software and a CentOS 7 VM with Asterisk (for VoIP).

There's only one thing bothering me: any client can see any other machine under "Network" (I'm talking about the file explorer network tab), except (ironically) for the file server.

The server is perfectly accessible, by IP or by name, but it won't appear under "Network" in any client (all Windows 10).

Do you have any suggestions about this? Thanks.
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Farbood NajafiSystem Administrator


Determine That Network Discovery is Enabled

Click on change advanced sharing setings

Mohammed BasheerInfrastructure Administrator

Would you try after temporarily disabling the Windows Defender/firewall?
Daniele BrunengoIT Consultant, Web Designer


It actually was the Function Discovery Resource Publication service. Great solution. The other suggestions were client-related, but as I said all clients see each other and other servers, the problem was only with the file server.

I wonder why was this service set to manual?

kevinhsiehNetwork Engineer

I wonder why was this service set to manual?

It was set to manual because browsing the network is an old habit from the 1990s, and it isn't feasible in larger networks. Maybe it does if you have 10 computers, but imagine you have 200, or 2000. You want to browse through all that? Besides, drive mappings should be done to a DFS Namespace and via GPO, so users don't ever need to know which server a file share is on. They just go to a shortcut to the DFS Namespace or drive mappings that have been created via GPO.
Daniele BrunengoIT Consultant, Web Designer


There are actually about 100 computers on this network, and most users don't even know about network browsing. But one (very important) user had this habit of moving through the old network using the Network tab and was urging me to make it work as it was before. So that's the gist.

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