Windows Vista has a network map that plots the computers on your local network (wired and wireless), along with access points and routers. The key to getting this to work is having LLTD (Link Layer Topology Discovery) responder installed installed. Vista comes pre-configured with LLTD and you can get it as a download to install on XP, but Microsoft has yet to release an LLTD install for any other OS including Win2003 or Home Server (which is based on Win2003). Luckily many XP drivers will work on Win2003 (and thusly Home Server).
While this information has appeared elsewhere on the Internet, I'll show you the steps to install the XP version of LLTD on your Windows Home Sever, complete with screen shots, so hopefully you won't get lost along the way.
- Remote Desktop into your WHS. If I've already lost you then read steps 1-4 of this article.
- Download the XP LLTD Installer from Microsoft's web site.
- Run the installer.
- You will see an error message stating that your OS is not supported. DO NOT CLICK OK. It is important to leave this error message open during the entire install.
- Look in the root of drive D: for a folder named something like this: "a15c4b525008837167ef647a".
- Double click on the folder.
- You should see a folder named update. Double click on that folder.
- You should see a file named update.exe. Right click on update.exe and select Properties.
- Click on the Compatibility tab, check the box next to "Run this program in compatibility mode" and select "Windows XP". Then click OK.
- Run update.exe to install LLTD.
- We now need to add LLTD as a protocol on the network card. Click Start, Control Panel, Network Connections, Local Area Connection then click on Properties.
- On the General tab click on the Install button.
- Select Protocol and click Add.
- On the Select Network Protocol window click Have Disk.
- Browse to the oddly named folder on drive D and then to SP2GDR\ip.
- Select the file rspndr.inf and click OK.
- You should see the protocol named "Link-Layer Topology Discovery Responder". Select it and click OK.
- After it installs, you can click OK on the original error message in step 4. This will remove the oddly named folder on drive D.
- Restart Windows Home Server.
If all went as planned, you should now see your Windows Home Server machine on your Windows Vista Network Map. Mine looks like this: