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How to get Windows Home Server appear in Windows Vista Network Map?

In order for a non-Vista computer to show up on the Vista network map you need to install the Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) responder. There’s not one available for Server 2003/WHS but there is one available for Windows XP which can be made to work.

Here’re the steps:

  1. Download the LLTD Responder Installer. Some folks have reported problems downloading files to a Vista machine and then copying them to the WHS. So what I do is save the download directly to one of the server shared folders such as \\servername\software.
  2. Access your servers desktop via RDP connection. Copy file WindowsXP-KB922120-v5-x86-ENU.exe to the desktop from the share you saved it in.
  3. Right click on the file on the desktop to open the properties box. If there is an UnBlock box at the bottom click that and then click apply.
  4. Click on the Compatibility tab on the top of the properties box and select Windows XP from the drop down box. Then click OK.  
  5. Double click on the file on the desktop to run it and follow the prompts. It should run and complete OK.
  6. Now you need to find the location of the file rspndr.inf. I did a search and found it in c:\WINDOWS\$hf_mig$\KB922120\SP2QFE\ic. Make a note of that location as we will need it later.
  7. Go to Start/Control Panel/Network Connections and select the network connection you are using.
  8. Select Properties, then click Install, select Protocol and click Add.
  9. Click on Have Disk and then browse to the location of rspndr.inf and click OK.
  10. You will then see a box asking if you want to install the LLTD Responder. Click OK and you are done.

You will need to reboot your server for these changes to take effect. Then, on your Vista client open the Network and Sharing Center. In the upper right hand corner click View Full Map. Your Windows Home Server should now appear in its proper place on the network map. If you have a mix of Vista and XP machines you can run the LLTD Responder Installer on the XP machines to also put them on the map.

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