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Entire Network tab in My Network Places not showing up

by jconner / April 30, 2009 12:22 AM PDT

In windows explorer under My Network Places I sometimes get the Entire Network tab but often do not; just links to previous connections on other workstations/computers. Sometimes I can get it by right clicking My Network Places and clicking explore.

I would like to know if there is a way to force that tab to always show up when you click on My Network Places. We have a number of machines and linked directories and it is often faster to just go to the desired machine through the Microsoft Windows Network/Workgroup/machine route.

Thanks for any guidance,

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Same problem
by ymi2b / May 12, 2009 11:50 PM PDT

I have the same problem.

Normally Windows Explorer should show:
"My Network Places"
> "Entire Network"
> "Microsoft Windows Network"
> "{your domain name"
> ..a list of computers on domain..

I only see "My Network Places" but do NOT have "Entire Network".
Like the original poster, all I see are recent connections I've had to other PCs.

I do know this is PC-specific. It does not seem related to Active Directory nor the domain controller's DNS configurations.
Regardless, on DNS, I did do a "RELOAD" on the domain name, but no change.

Note: I can browse directly to a host just fine, such as by entering in Windows Explorer's address bar: \\computer
and then it displays all the shares just fine.
I just cannot browse what PCs are on my network.

Restarting my PC's "computer browser" service (start>run>services.msc) didn't help.
(start>run>cmd) "nbtstat -r" command showed
: NetBIOS Names Resolution and Registration Statistics
: ----------------------------------------------------
: Resolved By Broadcast = 70
* Resolved By Name Server = 0
: Registered By Broadcast = 5
* Registered By Name Server = 0
..but the * lines showing 0 was the same result I have on another PC on my domain, and that PC is showing the Domain in Windows Explorer just fine.

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I have the same problem
by ymi2b / May 12, 2009 11:56 PM PDT

I have the same problem.
I believe it is specific to the PC having the problem, not to the network in any way.

Normally, in Windows Explorer, you should be able to browse to:
My Network Places > Entire Network > Microsoft Windows Network > [Domain] > ..see list of PCs on network..

But under "My Network Places" I do not have "Entire Network" and only get to see my recent PC connections.

I feel confident this has nothing to do with the domain controller's DNS nor Active Directory. I even did a "reload" on my DNS' domain but the same issue persists on this one PC.
Restarting my services.msc "computer browser" services didn't help (nor would I have thought it would). I rebooted and waited a few hours and same problem.

"nbtstat -r" (via command line) returns the following:
. Resolved By Broadcast = 70
* Resolved By Name Server = 0
. Registered By Broadcast = 5
* Registered By Name Server = 0
. NetBIOS Names Resolved By Broadcast
The 2 * lines above would make me say, "hmm, that indicates a problem," but, in fact, I have this on several other PCs on my domain and they all list the "My Network Places" just fine.

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I got my Network Places to display again
by ymi2b / May 13, 2009 12:03 AM PDT

In my address bar, I typed in any PC on my network to see its shares:
As you'd expect, it displayed the shares available in the right pane.

But, then I scrolled down to "My Network Places" and what do you know, it showed "My Network Places > Entire Network > Microsoft Windows Network > MyDomainName > PConMyDomain"
However, I didn't see any other Domain PCs listed.

So, I clicked up to the "Microsoft Windows Network" and in the right pane I clicked on "MyDomainName" and after about 5 seconds I got a fresh display of the PCs on my network.

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