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:
In Network and Sharing Center, you see that Network discovery and File sharing are turned off.
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…
For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB968408.