New Networking-related articles for the week of March 6 – March 12

I have two new articles to share with you this week: 2506718 A device may be displayed as the default icon on the network map when the network has more than 10 hosts 2512089 Offline File Synchronization – In Windows 7 the “Work Offline/Work Online” option button disappears from Windows Explorer after an offline /… Read more

Disabling Network Discovery/Network Resources

We often get requests from people asking how to disable Network Discovery because they either don’t want to see any machines in the Network Resources list or they perceive a performance issue with the feature. I am writing the blog to discuss this feature and explain some of the potential options. What is Network Discovery?… Read more

Missing Network Map under Network and Sharing Center in Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 introduced many new and exciting enhancements for improving and changing Personal and Enterprise computing. The introduction of the Network and Sharing Center, improvements in the Security Center and the Network Map of neighboring devices using Link Layer Topology Discovery are some of the highlights. Network and Sharing Center displays… Read more

How to benefit from Link-Local Multicast Name Resolution.

In a nutshell, Link-Local Multicast Name Resolution (LLMNR) resolves single label names (like: COMPUTER1), on the local subnet, when DNS devolution is unable to resolve the name.  This is helpful if you are in an Ad-Hoc network scenario, or in a scenario where DNS entries do not include hosts on the local subnet. In order… Read more