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Hide a Server from the Microsoft Computer Browser Service

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You can configure a computer so that it does not send announcements to browsers on the domain. If you do so, you hide the computer from the Browser list, which can help reduce network traffic.

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Editing the Registry

  1. Open the registry editor and go to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters

  1. From the Edit menu, choose Add Value and type:

Hidden

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Note: This value is case sensitive and must begin with a capital H.

  1. In the Data Type field, choose REG_DWORD and choose OK.

  2. In the Data field, type 1 to enable hiding and choose OK.

  3. Restart your computer.

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Using the NET CONFIG SRV command

This setting can also be changed using the following command:

net config server /hidden:yes|no

  • To hide the computer from the Browser List, type net config server /hidden:yes at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.

  • To unhide the computer from the Browser list, type net config server /hidden:no at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.

Note: It may take up to 30 minutes for the server to disappear from the Browser lists.

Related articles

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Links

Description of the Microsoft Computer Browser Service – 188001

Server Service Configuration and Tuning – 314498

How to Hide the Server’s Computer Name from Other Computers in the Domain – 265284

Hide a Windows 2000-Based Computer from the Browser List – 321710

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