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Hi, how are you? Windows Server handles a protocol called Network Discovery. In fact, as its name indicates, it allows you to see or find other computers and network devices. Additionally, it allows other computers on the network to see the server. However, the system may fail to detect other computers on the network. This circumstance is burdensome since it can affect the normal development of the system. Consequently, let’s see how to activate network discovery in Windows Server 2019/2016

How to enable network detection in Windows Server 2019/2016.

Network discovery has three basic levels of configuration:

  • Enable: This option allows the server to view other computers and devices on the network. In addition, let others see the active server
  • Disable: This option prevents both seeing other devices on the network and others from seeing our server.
  • Customized: With this option, we can adjust the settings associated with network discovery in order to allow only some of them.

In this opportunity, we will enable definitively the network detection in Windows Server 2019/2016. Well, if you’ve come this far, it’s because when you go to the file browser, the network detection has generated an error. But don’t worry, let’s see how we can fix this problem. First, it is necessary to enter the network settings. With this in mind, follow the next path: Control Panel>Network and Internet>Network and Sharing Center. Once there, please click on Change advanced sharing settings.

Go to network settings

In the next window, display the Domain section. Once there, check the Enable network detection box. Then click on Save changes.

Please turn on the network discovery.
Please turn on the network discovery.

Now, go to the file browser and verify that devices are detected on the network.

Activate services to improve network detection.

It is our intention, that your Windows Server works in an optimal mode. Therefore, we will give you some tips to ensure the optimal functioning of network discovery. With that intention, it is necessary to activate some services. For them, from the Dashboard go to Tools and from there select Services.

Go to Services
Go to Services

Now locate a service called Function Discovery Resource Publication

Then double-click on the service. Now in the Startup Type, set it to Automatic. Finally, click on OK.

Sets the startup type to Automatic
Sets the startup type to Automatic

Now locate a service called SSDP Discovery.

Next double-click on the service. Now in the Startup Type, set it to Automatic. Finally, click on OK.

Sets the startup type to Automatic
Sets the startup type to Automatic

Then locate a service called UPnP Device Host.

Next double-click on the service. Now in the Startup Type, set it to Automatic. Finally, click on OK.

Sets the startup type to Automatic
Sets the startup type to Automatic

Conclusion

Thus, we have seen how to enable network discovery in Windows Server 2019/2016. This way it is possible to solve this problem in our server. Since it is important to check the network devices inside the system. Well, this is all for now. Before I say goodbye, I invite you to see our post about disabling automatic updates in Windows Server 2019. Feel free to share this post on your social networks. Also, let us know what topic you want us to develop. Bye!

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