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How to Fix Network Discovery If it Keeps Turning Off in Server 2016

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Does network discovery keep turning off in your Windows server 2016? It is likely that one of its dependent services is not started.

Symptoms

This is the symptom of “network discovery keeps turning off server 2016” problem:

  • You click Turn on network discovery and click Save changes.
network discovery keeps turning off server 2016 - turn on network discovery
  • However, when you open Advanced sharing settings, network discovery is off again!

Here are the steps to fix “network discovery keeps turning off server 2016” issue:

The demo shared in this guide was performed using Windows Server 2016. However, it should still work in Server 2012.
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1
Open Computer Management, then Services

Steps to open Services via Computer Management:

  • Right-click Windows Server 2016 start menu.
network discovery keeps turning off server 2016 - Right-click Windows Server 2016 start menu to open Computer Management
  • Next, click Computer Management.
  • Next step: click the right-ward arrow beside Services and Applications. Then click on Services. It will open in Extended view. To open it in Standard view, click Standard.
network discovery keeps turning off server 2016 - Open Computer Management -> Services

2
Confirm that “DNS Client” Service is Started and on Automatic Startup

On the Services MMC, locate a service called “DNS Client”. Confirm that the Status is Running and the Startup Type is set to Automatic.

These settings are default. But if for any reason this service is not configured as described, modify it.

3
Change Settings of “Function Discovery Resource Publication” Service

Still on Services MMC console, find a service called “Function Discovery Resource Publication”. If the Startup Type is Manual or Disabled, change it to Automatic. The Status may also be blank, indicating that it is Stopped.

To modify this services:

  • Double-click it to open its properties.
network discovery keeps turning off server 2016
  • On the Startup Type, select Automatic. Click Apply. Then click Start to start the service.

4
Change the Status and Startup Type for “SSDP Discovery” Service

Locate another dependent service called “SSDP Discovery”. Check its Startup Type and Status. If they are NOT set to Automatic and Running respectively, modify the service.

You are one more step to fixing “network discovery keeps turning off server 2016” issue!

5
Modify the Startup Type and Status of “UPnP Device Host” Service

If the Startup Type of “UPnP Device Host” Service is not set to Automatic, open its Properties. Then change it to Automatic. Finally, click Start to start the service.

At this point you should have the following services set to start automatically and also Running:

  • DNS Client
  • Function Discovery Resource Publication
  • SSDP Discovery
  • UPnP Device Host

Before you proceed to the next and final step, check that all these services are configured as described above.

6
Start Network Discovery in Server 2016

Start Network Discovery in Server 2016

To turn on network discovery in Windows Server 2016:

  • Search for Control Panel. Then open it.
  • Next, click Network and Internet.
  • Then click Network and Sharing Center.
  • Finally, click Change advanced sharing settings. Then click Turn on network discovery and Save changes.

Conclusion

The steps outlined in this guide should fix “network discovery keeps turning off server 2016” problem.

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