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I'm setting up a Windows 2012 Essentials machine to be a local file server. I've got the shares setup and I can access the shares from my OSX computer. My Win7 machine can only acces it by typing \\<server_name> in the address bar of windows explorer.

Is there a way to get the server to automatically show up in the 'Network' section of the Win7 computer?


This is just a small home network. All computers are on the same subnet.

Server IP:

Win7 IP:




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closed as not a real question by Greg Askew, Dave M, Bryan, mdpc, Ward Mar 6 '13 at 4:51

It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form. For help clarifying this question so that it can be reopened, visit the help center.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Yes, it is possible. But without adding some detail to your question, you're unlikely to get a more detailed answer. This might be of use to you. – Bryan Mar 5 '13 at 22:59
Sorry for the lack of details. This is my first foray into Windows Server so I'm not sure what information is relevant. What details would be helpful? – OpIvy Mar 6 '13 at 4:11
Try adding some details about the network configuration (IP/Mask/DNS/Gateway). Are both systems on the same subnet? are you using AD? Please edit your question and add this info in, once there is enough detail, your question stands a good chance of being reopened. – Bryan Mar 6 '13 at 8:10

Usually, if you set the Workgroup name to be the same on all the machines, they should appear in the Network browser.

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