i'm setting up a windows server 2012 as file server and print share server. This is a small network (6 PC) so there's no domain.

The server name is "Omega" and ip is: ""

I can ping the server, connect to it via RDP and see share just typing "\" or "\Omega" however if i browse the network from Windows 8/7 or linux client i can't see the server (but i can see all other windows machines)

All computer are in the same Workgroup (the classic "WORKGROUP")

The problem seems similar to this one: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserver8gen/thread/aa387c3f-ad0c-429c-98c7-e66230592a15/

All required services to show on network are started, Network discovery in Network sharing center is "ON". I got the same issue with windows firewall on and off.

I need the server to be shown in the network because we got 2 "media center" that can reproduce media from network share but they cannot see the server.

Thank you in advance all help will be appreciated


Yes, this is an old post but I hit on it because I forgot several important services that must be running. The original post said All required services to show on network are started but I thought it would be useful for others to see that list of services that are required for the machine to show up on the network to other machines:

DNS Client
Function Discovery Resource Publication
SSDP Discovery
UPnP Device Host

Pretty basic, until you're the one who forgot it. Cheers.

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I resolved the issue changing network location following this tutorial: http://dandar3.blogspot.it/2012/04/how-to-change-windows-network-location.html

Enabling network discovery (these services must be started: DNS Client, Function Discovery Resource Publication, SSDP Discovery, UPnP Device Host)

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  • this did it for me. Function Discovery Resource Publication – manit Apr 11 '18 at 3:14

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