Hide a Server from the Microsoft Computer Browser Service

by Eric Geier [Published on 26 April 2011 / Last Updated on 25 Feb. 2010]

Stop sending announcements to the domain.

You can disable a computer in a domain from sending announcements. This helps prevent other users from browsing to or searching for the computer. To do this, add the following registry key and value:


Key: SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters\

Value Name: Hidden

DWORD Value: 1

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The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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