How to Use the NET VIEW Command to View Shared Resources

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SUMMARY

This article describes how to use the NET VIEW command to view a list of computer or network resources. The NET VIEW command displays a list of computers in the specified workgroup, or shared resources available on the specified computer.

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To use the NET VIEW command, follow these steps:
  1. Click the Start button, point to Programs, and then click MS-DOS Prompt.
  2. At the command prompt, type

    net view \\<computername>

    where <computername> is the name of a specific computer whose resources you want to view.

    Or, type

    net view /workgroup:<workgroupname>

    where <workgroupname> is the name of the workgroup whose shared resources you want to view.
You can use the NET VIEW command to perform most of the browsing functions available in Network Neighborhood or My Computer, except that you cannot view a list of workgroups.

If you use the NET VIEW command without command-line parameters, or with the /WORKGROUP switch, you see a list of computers with computer names in the left column and remarks in the right column. If you use the Microsoft Client for NetWare Networks in addition to the Microsoft Client for Microsoft Networks, you also see a list of NetWare (NCP) servers under Other Servers.

If you use the NET VIEW command with a computer name, you see a list of available resources on that computer. If you use the Microsoft Client for Microsoft Networks and the Microsoft Client for NetWare Networks, the computer name can be the name of an SMB (Microsoft) or an NCP (NetWare) computer.

If you use the NET VIEW command with the name of your own computer, you see a list of shared resources on your computer.

If you use the NET USE command, you see the status of network connections, the local name of connections (the mapped drive letters), and the remote names of connections (the UNC server locations).

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Article ID: 141229 - Last Review: January 19, 2007 - Revision: 1.3
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 95
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