Windows NT, network browsing, mounting and disconnecting from network drives (command netuse)

Network browsing in Windows is a mystery. Sometimes some computers simply don't show up when browsing a network. This seems to be especially true for Linux servers. Under newer versions of the Windows OS (2000, XP), you can connect to a server (if you know its IP adress) via the mount network drive command even though the network browser cannot see that server. Windows NT doesn't have that option. The only possibility is to use the "net use" command from the command line. This is uncomfortable, although one can make .bat files for frequently used connections.