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29 Jan'11

Network discovery on a Windows Server 2008 R2

In order to enable the Network Discovery on a domain make sure the following services are enabled and running:

  1. DNS Client
  2. Function Discovery Resource Publication
  3. SSDP Discovery
  4. UPnP Discovery

What is network discovery?

Network discovery requires that the DNS Client, Function Discovery Resource Publication, SSDP Discovery, and UPnP Device Host services are started, that network discovery is allowed to communicate through Windows Firewall, and that other firewalls are not interfering with network discovery. If some but not all of these are true, the network discovery state will be shown as Custom [Microsoft]