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By oysterio ·
Hi everyone.

I am very new to this community.. and i need professional advise as well as help.

I am an NT administrator of the IT department in my school. Just now, all of a sudden, there is this workgroup called 'f---er' appeared on the network neighbourhood, while i was browsing the network on my NT server. I tried to open it up but it prompts me an error msg saying the 'Workgroup name not responding' or something like that... (i couldn't recall as i didn't write it down) I wouldn't want to click on it again, as it took a long time before i can actually see the error msg.

The problem is, everyone in my department can see it, including my Head of Department.

I am not sure whether the whole school can see it cos' i have not asked around. But i definitely wouldn't want my boss to be accidentally see this... :0(

My question is:-

1. is there any way that i can delete this workgroup from the server or any windows OS?? or maybe from DOS??

2. can anyone also explain tome how this thing can happen???

3. Any ideas on how to protect such a thing from happening again??

4. Please help me....!!!!! i need help!!! I had never come across this situation before...

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by HighOrbit In reply to An 'alien' workgroup

We need more information about the network...

What operating on the clients?

What operating system on the servers?

Is access to the hubs / switches controlled?

Are you running WINS?

Cheers

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by ryan4x4 In reply to An 'alien' workgroup

If I were you I would go around, of course if there are not too many computers, and check each workgroup that the computers belong too. It sounds to me like someone has made a workgroup and named it that playing around. Just an idea, someone may have a better solution for you than that.

Hope this helps
Ryan

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by oysterio In reply to An 'alien' workgroup

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by oskiller In reply to An 'alien' workgroup

You will need to find the workstation with the offending workgroup name and make the change there. The best way to prevent things like this from happening is to apply a policy that prevents the user from acessing the properties and changing the workgroup or domain information.

The next thing I would do is to disable (if you can) any network ports not in use to prevent people from plugging into the network and doing things in general.

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by curlergirl In reply to An 'alien' workgroup

My guess without further info would be that you have Windows 9x and/or Me workstations on this network. It is very easy to change the workgroup name on these workstations - you just go to Control Panel/Network, click the Identification tab and change the name there. This is probably what happened. Somewhere there is a workstation on your network that has this workgroup name in its network properties. Some people think it's funny to do things like that. . .Anyway, the only way to fix it would be to identify that computer, go to it and change it back. The only way to prevent something like this is to increase your security on the network. Some tips - make sure your legitimate users are shutting down their computers or at least logging off at night and any time they leave their office for extended periods of time (or use password-protected screen savers); and make sure your user passwords are secure - force a higher level of password security by requiring longer passwords, passwordchanges more often and/or enforcing a school policy that users must NOT write their passwords down or give them to anyone else but you. Also, if you can identify the person in this particular instance who did this, you can ban them from any use of the school computers (assuming it's a student). Upgrading your critical workstations to a higher-level operating system like NT/2K Pro/XP Pro also increases security because these operating systems inherently have more security on the local workstations. With these OS's and an NTFS file system, you can prevent anyone except administrative-level users from changing things like domain/workgroup membership and from loading software and drivers that might cause system problems. Hope this helps!

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by chris hirst In reply to An 'alien' workgroup

Kids eh

If you have WINS set up on the system the workgroup name will be held in there and it will stay there until Tombstoned and Deleted the time scale will depend on how the server was setup. the name will also continue to be broadcast by anybrowsemasters you have on the network until the name times out (could be hours\days\weeks depends on the time the machine is switched on) If you have got a WINS record you will be able to pin down the machine IP that put the name onto the browse list. The way to stop it happening is as stated earlier is to limit the 'users' from changing network properties. And anyone on the same subnet will be able to see the workgroup name. You should ensure that anything you do not want changing should be locked out (especially in a school because the pupils usually know more about computers than the teachers) and on NT this is accomplished by using policy files set up on the server, With Win2k the Group Policy MMC snap in is used.

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