If I use Windows XP the drive is seen in the network it is not seen in ubuntu's network. I do know and can use Connect to a Server but the question is really not about that. I would like to know if the windows functionality can be obtained in ubuntu?
You could mount it permanently and it would just look like another drive.
Or when you use the "Connect to server" dialogue, just tick the bookmark checkbox and you gain a shortcut to it in your places. Clicking this when it's not mounted will get it to mount.