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Network and Sharing Center does not display Windows Firewall domain policies in Windows Vista or in Windows Server 2008, you cannot browse the network

Consider the following scenario:

  • In the Active Directory domain environment, you create the Predefined Windows Firewall outgoing and incoming rules for File and Printer Sharing and Network Discovery.
  • You select Allow the connection for the Firewall outgoing and incoming rules.
  • The Firewall rules are applied to the client computer.

In this scenario, you encounter the following issues on a client computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008:

Issue 1
In Network and Sharing Center, you see that Network discovery and File sharing are turned off.

Issue 2
When you click View computers and devices, you do not see any computers in Network Explorer. Additionally, you receive the following message in the information bar of Network Explorer:

Network discovery and file sharing are turned off. Network computers and devices are not visible. Click to change…

There is a download that resolves this issue. See Hotfixes for details.
32-bit Download: Contact Microsoft
64-Bit Download: Contact Microsoft

For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB968408.

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