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Chapter 22. Using a Windows 2000 Network > Exploring and Searching the Network

Exploring and Searching the Network

Of course, before you can use a network resource, you have to know where to find it. You can look through your network for shared folders and printers by exploring in the following areas:

  • Computers Near Me—If you have a workgroup LAN, using Computers Near Me is a quick way to display a folder containing all the known computers in your workgroup.

  • Entire Network—Entire Network lets you peruse all the workgroups, domains, and network types that make up your network. It's a bit like exploring My Computer and viewing the contents of your hard drives and CD-ROM drives.

    When you first try to view Entire Network, Windows throws up a little smokescreen: It displays a page suggesting that you might want to use its searching tools before plowing into the entire contents of the network. This makes good sense if you know what you're looking for, but not if you are just poking around.

    You can select any available search tools:

    Search for printers (if you have AD)

    Search for computers

    Search for people (if you have AD)

    Search for files or folders

    Or you can select View the Entire Contents to get past the smokescreen page and see all the members of the network.


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