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Hide your server from the world

Hide your server from the world

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Occasionally, you may need or want to hide a server from the browse list. This may be because you don't want to open the server up to hackers or just because the server is intended for a specific use, such as a terminal server or a database server, and you want to keep it out of sight and off the mind of the nosy.

Here's a registry change that lets you hide your server from the rest of the world, but lets you and the chosen few still access it through command methods and links.

Code: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters "Hidden"=dword:00000001

Note: Editing your registry carries risks, so always have a backup before you begin.

This was last published in May 2001

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