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  • I would like to know or get some help configuring a 5 Windows 10 Pro peer to peer network

    Thank you.


    Friday, March 3, 2017 2:58 AM

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  •   A little more info on what sort of network and what you want it to do would be a big help.

       Are the machines connected to a switch? Do they need Internet access?


    Friday, March 3, 2017 6:26 AM
  • Even though this is about XP the basics of a Peer to Peer Network are still the same.

    Introduction to Windows Peer-to-Peer Networking

    Of course a HomeGroup is the way to go.

    HomeGroup Start to Finish

    How to Create a Homegroup in Windows 10 Quick and Easy

    Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT - Windows Insider MVP : Bicycle - Mark Twain said it right.

    Friday, March 3, 2017 7:12 AM
  • Hi, 

    Make sure to connect these computer into on Switch or router. 

    If you want to setup a P2P network between two or more machines, Windows 10 makes it easy. Setting up a P2P network makes it possible to share data with other PCs, or even a printer via the Internet. To ensure both machines can see each other, all you need to do is ensure both machines are in the same Workgroup. To do that:

    Press Windows key+X to bring up the hidden quick access menu, and select System then the Change button. Enter your workgroup name. Repeat the same step on all the computers you intend to network together. Restart when prompted. Make sure both machines are connected.

    Launch File Explorer on the Taskbar and click Network. You should see the other computer(s) appear in Network Explorer. If not, you’ll get prompted to Turn on network discovery and file sharing. Depending on the type of network connection, click the appropriate option. Press F5 on your keyboard or the refresh button in the Address bar for the window to populate with available computers and resources.

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    Tuesday, March 7, 2017 10:03 AM
  • Dear Kate, could you review my problem: 

    I am developing P2P application in .Net using PNRP protocol. I have already checked tons of materials concerning PRNP and P2P (SO, Microsoft blog etc). But still can`t solve the issues with clouds. And can`t find step -by-step instruction for proper setting up the Clouds to get peer name resolving. Everything works perfectly on local machine (registering and resolving ).  But cloud state for Global and Local always Alone (if i make some changes sometimes turns to virtual and synchronizing but ended up as Alone). And as result peer names registered on one machine is not visible on other machine in local network. Ipv6 is supported.:

    Scope  Id     Addr   State             Name

    -----  -----  -----  ----------------  -----

        3      9      1  Alone            LinkLocal_ff00::%9/8

        3      5      1  Virtual           LinkLocal_ff00::%5/8

        1      0      1  Alone             Global_


    The actions I tried (win 10 and win 7):

    • disabled firewall for all networks. -not a deal
    • turned on (state: running) and set to Automatic:
      • DNS Client
      • Function Discovery Resource Publication
      • Function Discovery Provider Host
      • SSDP Discovery
      • UPnP Device Host
      • Peer Name Resolution Protocol
      • Peer Networking Grouping
      • Peer Networking Identity Manager
      • PNRP Machine Name Publication Service

    • Group Policy Editor -->    Administrative Templates --> Microsoft Peer-to-Peer Networking Services --> Global Clouds
      • Turn Off Multicast Bootstrap --> disabled
      • Turn Off PNRP cloud creation --> disabled
      • Set PNRP cloud to resolve only --> disabled
      • Set the Seed Server --> Enabled (leaved empty) and for Linc Local --> Not configured.


    As result still can`t see registered names of other machines in local network. and resolve these peer names. Cloud states -  Alone.  Ping seed Global_failed (probably because Toredo is not supported anymore?).  I also checked it with other people and there is the same problem.   

    Monday, August 7, 2017 3:10 PM
  • I do not think Windows HomeGroup is the way to go as it has been deprecated in Windows 10 (and actually has been removed in later builds).


    Wednesday, December 20, 2017 6:12 PM