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Network Neighborhood: why is it so incon

By ken_bell ·
So I've been using windows for years now in offices with a LAN. Why are network neighborhood, find computer, and install printers (browse the network feature)all out of synch? Plus they're all inconsistant. Sometimes people that ARE logged in disappear from your list... Can anybody explain this?

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by MPott In reply to Network Neighborhood: why ...

One possible explanation is that on your network are mutiple "master browsers" and each one in turn is forcing an election to become that master. To disable this on a machine, go to control panel, then network, then File and Printer Sharing, then properties. Change change master browser from automatic to disable on all but the one computer you want as your master browser.

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by rindi1 In reply to Network Neighborhood: why ...

This often happens when you use multiple network protocols, which need more resources. Try using just one (like netbeui or tcp/ip). If they are correctly configured, you'll normally see all shared resources on your network. Generally windows nt seesother resources more reliably than windows 9x.

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by wayne.meadows In reply to Network Neighborhood: why ...

You have a problem with the browser service and/or WINS.

Clients broadcast their resources and existance on the network to a master browser that maintains a list of the available resources and sends them to backup browsers.

When a client asks for alist of resources, it sends a message to the master who responds with the names of the backups. The backups then provide the list.

However, if WINS is not configured and working properly the name will not show up in the Network Neighborhood.

Keep in mind, if the resource does not respond to additional queries from the master browser it will be taken off of the browse list.

Also, in between queries a computer may be shut down and still appear on the list.

Good luck!

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