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jwolfera
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i have been fighting this for awhile now, but i need to add my home server will not come up on my local lan. how do i add my windows home server site to the host file so i can get to from my local lan?

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JR

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I'd assign a static IP to your server so your hosts file will always be correct. My server is assigned 192.168.1.30

As you know, HOSTS is located in C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc, and you use notepad to edit it.

So in HOSTS, I'd have an entry like this:

192.168.1.30 dvn.hphomeserver.com

So it's 'IP' space 'domain', k? Substitute your actual domain for 'dvn.hphomeserver.com'. Make sure to save it as HOSTS - with no extension. That should do it.

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A cool networking shortcut to get to any PC on your network....Don't use Network neighborhood or the GUI to browse your network as it can take a very long to to show all the systems on the network. To access any computer on your network just go to the RUN command and enter \\servername (replace server name with the name of the computer you want to connect to) and you will see all the shares on that computer instantly. This assumes that your network is configured correctly and you are resolving names.

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Looks like you can also create a new shortcut on your desktop and enter \\Server as the location. When I click it, I see my Folder Shares, just as though I had accessed them from the WHS icon menu.

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Yes....so much faster than using the GUI to browse to them. I use the run method as I have so many systems at work that I would not be able to fit all the shortcuts onto the desktop but for a home setting it would be super.

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@John
Remember you have to be using an account on the client that has administrator permissions on the server. If you have any non-administrator clients, then you can't access that share.

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