Make sure to turn Microsoft Network Discovery On!

Jul 02 2015

As per Microsoft, “Network discovery is a setting that affects whether your computer can see (find) other computers and devices on the network and whether other computers on the network can see your computer”. By default, Windows Firewall blocks Network Discovery.

When you are in a domain environment, leaving this option disabled can cause various issues. It can affect the deployment of centrally managed antivirus solutions. It affects monitoring tools that would not be able to find that computer on the network. You would not be able to use Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to connect to it.

Here’s an outcome of not having Network Discovery turned on: one of our clients had an issue with an application called Delphi. When using the merge feature, Microsoft Word would crash. Turning on Network Discovery has resolved their issue.

To turn Network Discovery on, do the following:

  1. Go to Control Panel

  2. Click Network and Sharing Center

  3. From the left pane, click on Change Advanced settings

  4. Expand you current network profile

  5. Click Turn on network discovery

  6. Save changes

Network Discovery

Need help with Network Discovery or other IT tips and tricks.  Call us at 1-866-320-8922, or contact us and we would love to help make your tools work harder for you!


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