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Unable to browse Win2K Domain

By chrisn ·
I am unable to use Network Places(WinXP) or Network Neighborehood(Win9x) to browse my Win2K servers on my Domain. What I have found: I am able to browse all nodes from my Win2K DNS Server. I am unable to connect to the domain from any other server without first adding the IPX/SPX protocal, this protocal is not loaded on the DNS server. I am able to browse all nodes other than my servers from any client machine. I am unable to view even my DNS box from my client machines. In the event I add IPX/SPX to a server I am then able to browse that server from any workstation. I can ping all nodes with no problems. I have setup WINS - No help, so uninstalled it again. When I run a nslookup from a client machine displays corrent DNS server name and IP address however nslookup search comes back with "Non-existent domain". IPCONFIG shows all correct information on client, and after I ping the full DNS name and then run ipconfig /displaydns I get all correct information for the DNS server. DNS server has 3 NIC each with a different IP, NIC 1 has NetBios over TCP/IP enabled the other two are disabled. In the event that I disable either NetBios or IPX/SPX on a client box I receive the same error message that I get at the servers stating that thedomain is not accessible. If I disable NetBios over Tcp/Ip I am unable to see my NT4 domain. I am able to logon to the network and have access to all network resources via UNC names. Any ideas to the resolution of this problem would be great. I can attempt to provide any other information you may need, however I am not very knowledgeable with DNS and I am assuming this will be a DNS issue.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Unable to browse Win2K Do ...

i don't think it is DNS issue, i think it is browse master issue...use the browsstat utility (when browsing is working) off the nt resource disk to find which machine the XP box is using as browse master. one that it can't get at via tcpip apparently. if you have dynamic ip addressing turned on on the bad xp box, set up a static address instead. what servers do you have? all win2k? some nt? any netware? sounds like the browse master is a win2k box with ipx/spx on it. find out the browse master then find out why you can't reach it. definitely disable all protocols other than tcpip on all machines if you can. you need to leave netbios over tcpip enabled as you have discovered. the browser service uses netbios.

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by chrisn In reply to Unable to browse Win2K Do ...

I can't locate the browsstat utility you mention. Could you give me more information for locating it (is the NT resource disk the same as the W2K install CD?) Also, I have been attempting search Microsoft's website for info on browsstat and Master Browser and don't seem to be comming up with anything, any ideas about possible search terms?

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by chrisn In reply to Unable to browse Win2K Do ...

I can't locate the browsstat utility you mention. Could you give me more information for locating it (is the NT resource disk the same as the W2K install CD?) Also, I have been attempting search Microsoft's website for info on browsstat and Master Browser and don't seem to be comming up with anything, any ideas about possible search terms?

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Unable to browse Win2K Do ...

I agree with sgt_shultz that it is a Computer Browser issue.

BROWSTAT is one of the tools in the Windows Resource Kit. So, if you have a copy, it is in there. It is a command-line based tool that gives you information on what the Browser service is doing. It is one of the last great Windows mysteries, the Browser service.

Try this Technet article on Browstat usage:

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=188305

hope this helps

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by chrisn In reply to Unable to browse Win2K Do ...

I have used Browstat and found that the Browser Master is <ServerName> which is my (GCS)Global Catalog server, this is not what I was expecting, as I have manually set the registry key IsDomainMaster = False on this box and have set this key to True on another box. Another problem that I am seeing, the browstat tool tells me that "Browsing is NOT active on domain". As both you and sgt_shultz have suggested, this does appear to be the problem. Now I need to know how to set browsing to ACTIVE. I started having issues with the Master Browser when I added a Win2003 server to my network to serve as a print server. This is when I found the registry key I spoke of. I have manually set the key to FALSE on the 2003 box and the global catalog server was already set to FAlSE. I also set the Key MaintainServerList to NO on the 2003 box and set it to YES on both the GCS and on the other domain controler I expected to be my Master Browser.

Side Note I am not sure how to rate these answers as I am not ready to close this issue but I do feel you and sgt_shultz are helping me greatly.

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by mmmmTim In reply to Unable to browse Win2K Do ...

Hi
You need to enable the GUEST accounts on all W2k and XP machines and also add the name of the machine that you want to use to browse to all the W2K servers as a local User. Nonsense really as this should not be necessary - but it worked for me. Forget about IPX, it is misleading you as to the cause of the problem.

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