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How to enable Network Discovery with Group Policy?

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Old 05-03-2009
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How to enable Network Discovery with Group Policy?
This is driving me mad :-)

I have a 2003 Native AD domain with some Vista clients and I want to
enable Network Discovery via Group Policy.

How do I do this please?

Using the Group Policy management tools in Vista I believe I have access
to everything that is visible/configurable but I simply can't find a
black and white guide on what settings need to be in place to switch
this on.

Cheers!
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Old 05-04-2009
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Re: How to enable Network Discovery with Group Policy?

"Usenet" <usenet@nospam.please> wrote in message
news:usenet-F01813.17084003052009@eu.usenet-news.net...
> This is driving me mad :-)
>
> I have a 2003 Native AD domain with some Vista clients and I want to
> enable Network Discovery via Group Policy.
>
> How do I do this please?
>
> Using the Group Policy management tools in Vista I believe I have access
> to everything that is visible/configurable but I simply can't find a
> black and white guide on what settings need to be in place to switch
> this on.
>
> Cheers!



I'm not aware of any Group Policy settings for this, but you can use the
'netsh' command to enable / disable 'Network Discovery' eg a blanket enable
(for all network profiles) would be .....

netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="Network Discovery" new enable=yes

There's also a com scripting interface with prog id "HNetCfg.FwPolicy2" with
which you can do similar things.

That may or may not be particularly secure, so for a more granular control
(ie for individual profiles) you can use similar 'netsh' comands in
script(s) to enable / disable specific firewall 'Network Discovery' rules.
That's the way I do it anyhow. May be other ways.

--
Jon



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