Monday, February 11, 2013

MS Server 2008 R2 and Network Discovery

While going through some lab material re: name resolution basics and options on Microsoft Server 2008 R2, I hit some hurdles while trying to enable Network Discovery.

Under Network and Sharing Center | Advanced sharing settings, I was not able to even have the radio button stay checked until I confirmed the following services were started:

SSDP Discovery
UPnP Device Host
Function Discovery Resource Publication
Function Discovery Provider host
Link Layer Topology Discoverer Mapper

Even then, the results of navigating to Start | Network provided a blank screen.  There was no warning that Network Discovery was not enabled, but there were no results either.

The last step was starting the service:

Computer Browser

It makes sense in hindsight, but the Microsoft curriculum might associated with my study (and likely yours) is a little lacking.

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