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Cannot enable Network Discovery on Windows Server 2008 R2

I’ve been working on getting a Symantec Enterprise Vault up for Exchange 2010 archiving. Unfortunately Enterprise Vault isn’t the best documented solution out there. While trying to get PST migration working I ran into a problem setting the PST Holding Folder in the site properties.

When you click the Change button no servers are displayed and you’re unable to otherwise fill the PST Holding Folder. The culprit is that by default Network Discovery is disabled. When you enable the setting it just switches back to off without a warning. This is because Network Discovery is dependent on several Windows services that are disabled and can’t be started.

To solve the issue use the following steps:

  1. Start services.msc
  2. Make sure that the services below are set to startup type manual:
    1. Function Discovery Resource Publication
    2. SSDP Discovery
    3. UPnP Device Host
  3. Go to Network and Sharing Center
  4. Click Change advanced sharing settings
  5. Select Turn on network discovery
  6. Click Save changes

You should now be able to select the server and share that you want for holding the PSTs in the Enterprise Vault Administration Console.

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Posted by Mischa Oudhof

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  1. I had a similar problem to set up “PST Holding”, the “Browse” dialog box shows only “Tsclient”. It worked after enabling these services. Thanks

  2. Phenomenal! Started the Services!!!!!
    I know there are too many ! but I was going crazy not being able to start Network Discovery for my server.
    Fantastic article, Man!

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