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:




  • 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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