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Configure Sharing and Discovery in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Updated: October 14, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 7

You can use this procedure to configure specific sharing and discovery options for each network profile that you use on your computer. Following are the three network profile types that might be available for you to configure in Network and Sharing Center:

  • Home or Work. Configure this profile for networks that have a network location of Home or Work. This profile and network location should be used only in circumstances where you trust all of the computers on the network.

  • Public. Configure this profile for networks that have a network location of Public. This profile and network location should be used for all networks that include computers that you do not own or trust, such as public networks at coffee shops and airports.

  • Domain. Configure this profile for networks that have a network location of Domain. This profile and network location should be used and is available only for network connections that connect to a domain.

After you select a network profile to configure, there are multiple options that you can modify. The following table displays the options that are available for each network profile.

 

Option below is available on: Home or Work Public Domain

Network discovery

Yes

Yes

Yes

File and printer sharing

Yes; printer sharing available only if a printer is connected

Yes; printer sharing available only if a printer is connected

Yes; printer sharing available only if a printer is connected

Public folder sharing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Media streaming

Yes for Windows 7 only

Yes for Windows 7 only

Yes for Windows 7 only

File sharing connections

Yes for Windows 7 only

Yes for Windows 7 only

Yes for Windows 7 only

HomeGroup connections

Yes for Windows 7 only

No

No

Password protected sharing

Yes for Windows Server 2008 R2 only

Yes for Windows Server 2008 R2 only

Yes for Windows Server 2008 R2 only

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

  1. Start Network and Sharing Center.

  2. In the Network and Sharing Center left pane, click Change advanced sharing settings. The Advanced sharing settings folder opens.

  3. In Advanced sharing settings, in Change sharing options for different network profiles, click the arrow next to the network profile that you want to configure, and then select the options that you prefer.

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