Configure the Network Map

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 7

When you have administrative privileges, you can enable or disable the Network Map feature in Windows. Network Map uses two components:

  • The mapper input/output (I/O) component queries the network for devices to include in the map.

  • The responder component runs on computers on the network, and allows them to respond to the queries from the Mapper I/O.

You can use Group Policy settings to enable or disable Network Map components for any of the network types: home, private, public, and domain. By default, the components run on home or private networks, but do not run on domain or public networks.


You can install a responder component on computers that are running Windows XP so that they will appear in Network Map. The Group Policy setting for the responder component on Windows XP controls whether the responder can run in a domain environment. Windows XP does not recognize public and private networks in the same way as subsequent operating systems.

To complete this task, you can perform the following procedures:

See Also


Configure Network and Sharing Center for a Managed Network
Administer Network and Sharing Center