Windows 10: NAS server not visible

Discus and support NAS server not visible in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; We have a NAS server on the network. One of our laptops recently got destroyed by water damage and had to be replaced. The new laptop is Win 10, and... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by bradp1979, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. bradp1979 Win User

    NAS server not visible


    We have a NAS server on the network. One of our laptops recently got destroyed by water damage and had to be replaced. The new laptop is Win 10, and the NAS server is not visible on the network. On the old, now water-damaged laptop (Win 7), the NAS server had a desktop shortcut, so even if it wasn't visible on the network, the files could still be accessed.

    How can I either force the computer to recognize the NAS server, or create a desktop icon that is linked to it without it being visible in the network listing?

    Thanks.

    :)
     
    bradp1979, Aug 24, 2016
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  2. TFMorgan Win User

    Server not visible

    Since the Win 10 version 1511 upgrade, my HP Mediasmart server and Seagate NAS drive are not visible to this computer (Intel Core i7-4770, Intel Desktop Board DH87MC motherboard, Intel Graphics, 32 Gb RAM) which is connected by cable to the Linksys WRT1900AC
    wireless router. The Mediasmart server and Seagate NAS drive are connected to the router by a cable, also. Neither device is visible in Windows Explorer. I can see them in the Network graphics pane in Windows Explorer but trying to access either results
    in a device not found or unavailable message.

    The Windows Home Server Connector still works and the nightly backups are still being done on this computer. I can use the Seagate remote software to get to the NAS drive. My Surface PRO 3, the second computer in another room, my HP laptop and my cell
    phone can all see and access the two devices via wireless connection. The Mediasmart and NAS are also visible in the router display of connected devices.

    What happened? I have done restarts and completely powered off the computer, rebooted the router, restarted the Mediasmart server and maybe a few other things all to no avail. Is there some way I can get these devices back to Windows Explorer?

    Turner
     
    TFMorgan, Aug 24, 2016
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  3. net4u Win User
    Missing computers in Network

    Hi

    After 1511 update I find that all my servers in my network (running Windows 2012) and my NAS are not visible in explorer. I only see another notebook(s) that also run Windows10 (not yet updated). Otherwise from my servers in Network I can see this questioned
    notebook. This is annoying because I can't map drives that I need.
     
    net4u, Aug 24, 2016
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  4. bradp1979 Win User

    NAS server not visible

    bradp1979, Aug 24, 2016
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  5. jimbo45 Win User
    Hi there

    1) First ensure W10 computer has Computer Dscovery settings enabled.

    2) from menu enter RUN

    3) in the popup box enter \\IPaddress or \\NASservername

    you should then see the shared files on the nas server

    Windows networking is always dodgy -- sometimes everything works 100% then on one computer identical to others nothing works properly !!!!.

    Example Windows computer - Greyfox, Nas server computer name - Brownbear. Brownbear (Nas server) not showing in Computers in Network on file explorer.


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    An advantage also in using PLEX is that some smart TV's can handle PLEX directly via their built in apps - especially if the smart TV has built in Android OS. Plex is also good for Chromecast devices too (max resolution though limited to full 1080p HD - 4K UHD is possible with PLEX but not via a chromecast device).


    The Nas server in my case is a computer running Centos 7 OS (Linux -- approx. equiv to Red Hat Enterprise). Network connections via SAMBA and PLEX media server for multi media files. PLEX media server runs easily on most versions of Linux. Same AFAIK with dedicated NAS boxes too using QNAP or whatever the standard OS is. I just find using CENTOS (Free excellent robust Linux distro) for my server system is just so much more flexible than a dedicated NAS system - however the principle is identical - SAMBA is probably being used on the server box in any case.

    Incidentally PLEX will also serve sound - especially FLAC to remote Wifi speakers too -- I'm using Bose Wifi speakers -- much superior to blu tooth -- for decent sound Wifi is viable -- Bluetooth is HIDEOUS by comparison. For the Bose app (runs on mobile phone too) use Sound Touch app on the phone and then select music from your Plex media server music library --works brilliantly.



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    BTW -if all else fails you might need to enable NETBIOS -- you shouldn't have to these days but depending on how old the OS on your NAS server is you might need it enabled (on Windows).


    Cheers
    jimbo
     
    jimbo45, Aug 24, 2016
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  6. bradp1979 Win User
    Worked like a charm. Typed "run" into the command line, then \\IPaddress, and there it was. Saved a shortcut to the desktop, and I'm golden.

    Thanks!!
     
    bradp1979, Aug 24, 2016
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  7. Kbird Win User
    Are the NAS and all computers in the same WorkGroup ? and subnet ?

    you should be able to see everything on the LAN , especially if all computers are on the same OS ( you still need to "share" files and folders on each computer if not using a HomeGroup, I don't)

    I set Netbios to enabled (not Default) on all Win10 computer here to get it all to work.
     
    Kbird, Apr 5, 2018
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