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WSD discovery method in Windows 7

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  • I've noticed on Windows 7 in the network browsing window that Windows 7 clients are listed as being discovered using NETBIOS (as in older versions of Windows), whereas Vista clients are listed as WSD.  Is there a way of changing the settings in Windows 7 so the discovery method is WSD also?  I've tried searching everywhere but I can't seem to find much information on it.  I prefer the WSD discovery because it populates the columns for MAC and IP address which is useful.
    Wednesday, March 09, 2011 5:53 PM

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  • Hi,

     

    Windows 7 Network Discovery method rests with the target PC. Usually, WSD discovery method is used by default, but it doesn’t apply with old version of Windows.

     

    And I have tested on my machine, both enable NetBIOS or start service "Function Discovery Resource Publication" cannot change the discovery method. That seems by design.

     

    Thank you for your understanding.

     

    Regards,

    Leo   Huang

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    Thursday, March 10, 2011 9:05 AM
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  •  

    Since this is by desgin feature, I will mark their reply as answer. It could help other communities here who have the same issue.

     

    Thanks for your understanding.

     

    Regards,

    Leo   Huang

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    Monday, March 14, 2011 1:30 AM
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  • It's a design feature that Windows 7 doesn't show up as WSD in the browser?  That makes no sense.  Like you said, I thought it was only older versions of Windows i.e. pre-Vista that do this.  I was under the impression Microsoft was trying to get rid of NETBIOS so there must be a way of changing it.

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 12:00 AM
  •  WSD discovery method is used by default.

     

    What I said it Windows 7 use WSD discovery by default. But discover old version of Windows is use NetBIOS discovery. You can try to disable NetBIOS on these old versions PCs to see the result.

     

    Hope that helps.

     

    Regards,

    Leo   Huang

     

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    Thursday, March 24, 2011 2:54 AM
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  • I'm not trying to discover older versions of Windows, I'm trying to discover Windows 7 clients from a Windows 7 client, which show up as NETBIOS in the network browser window rather than as WSD, which is how Vista shows up.

    What I want to do is change the broadcast of Windows 7 clients so they show up as WSD as well, the same as Vista.

    Unmark the answer, because that's clearly not it.
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 6:02 PM
  • I'm told by PSS that it is by design, although they can't explain to me why columns for IP address and MAC address have been added to the Windows 7 network browser and they're only populated when using WSD.  The theory was that lots of things use WSD, not just Vista.

    I've got to say I'm not sure I buy this explanation, it just doesn't make sense that Microsoft would go back to NETBIOS from WSD but I can't be bothered anymore.

    Wednesday, April 13, 2011 12:52 AM
  • This is NOT by design, I have a computer on a domain I am looking at right now where the WSD discovery method is being used by a Windows 7 client, shows up as such in the network browser.

    It has an identical NIC to all the other Windows 7 clients on the domain.

    Most of the settings are set by GPO and I can't find any differences between it and the other clients, tried fiddling with the network discovery options, doesn't seem to do anything.

    So going back to my original question, how do I set Windows 7 clients on a domain to use Web Service Discovery, because it is clearly possible to do it.  There's some difference between this machine and the other ones but I'm damned if I can find it.

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012 6:00 PM
  • Can you check if the 3702 udp port is open in the firewall

    http://www.corrupteddatarecovery.com/Port/3702udp-Port-Type-ws-discovery-ws-discovery.asp

    By default, the firewall should disallow traffic to port 3702/udp until all security checks have been passed. If an application cannot listen on port 3702/udp, the port 3702/udp is already in use by another application causing the conflict.

    Port Number: 3702/udp (Windows 7/Windows Vista/ Windows XP/Windows Server family)
    Web Service Discovery
    Protocol Used : ws-discovery
    Service Type : ws-discovery
    Known Port 3702/udp exploits: Yes
    Known Port 3702/udp Security Risks: Yes

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012 7:24 PM
  • Hi Cybershooters

    did you ever solve this? Or get any further with it? I have had the opposite problem. I have a windows7 pc that can't see older XP and 2003 machines - it is using WSD and i would like to make network discovery use NetBIOS. I know it is possible as I have had it working and I could see my whole network (all servers are Windows 2003). I have had this problem ever since I installed Windows7 pc's on this network a couple of years ago. Sometimes they can see the servers.... and sometimes they can't. It is down to the network discovery method.

    I have had Windows 7 pc's using NetBIOS as the discovery method - then they find everything on the network and i can browse all my network shares.

    & I've had the same pc using only WSD and SSDP - only finds Win7 pc's and one of the network printers.

    But I still don't know how to manually change the network discovery method.! It is infuriating. I wonder if the deciding factor is something outside the local machine - like the current master browser?

    I also wonder why there isn't a straight-forward switch to either enable or disable NetBIOS depending on local requirements. Surely i'm not the only one with new workstations and old servers who needs to browse network shares? In my case i just need to enable NetBIOS for network discovery. In your case you just need to disable it. Should be a 2 second job....

    Thursday, October 25, 2012 2:43 PM
  • There is no firewall.  Firewall is turned off completely.  Still get most Windows 7 clients showing up as NETBIOS discovery, one is WSD.  And on that particular machine, NETBIOS over TCP/IP is turned on.  I know I can get WSD to show up in the network browser by turning off NETBIOS, but I need NETBIOS to be on, how do I get it to default to WSD discovery?  It clearly is possible, this one machine proves it, I just can't find the damn setting!
    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 11:37 PM
  • Did you ever figure this out?
    Friday, March 14, 2014 4:26 PM