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By eric ·
We currently have several clients running SBS 4.5 and WIN98 workstations and they all have information about the "browser master" in the system log. This doesnt seem to be causing any problems but I would like to know why and if there is a way to get rid of the messages.

Examples: Event ID 8015

The browser has forced an election on network
\Device\NetBT_AMDPCN1 because a Windows NT Server (or domain master) browser is started.

Event ID 8033

The browser has forced anelection on network \Deviuce\NetBT_AMDPCN1 because a master browser was stopped

Event ID 8021

The browser was unable to retrieve a list of servers from the browser master \\ROSELIE01 on the network \Device\NetBT_E190x4. The data is the error code.

The last one is the one I really dont understand. This is supposed to be a client machine. How is it a browser master? All the clients in the network will have this message related to them but I dont understand why. I dont think there is a hardware issue because we have several clients running the same set up. Any help & information is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

eric

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Any PC on the network can maintain the browser list. Typically The PDC maitains the list, but if it goes down another system will pick up the role. All PC have a registery setting for maintaining the browser list, default is "Auto". If you don't want this PC to maintain the list set the value to "No". The NT location is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CONTROLSET001\SERVICES\BROWSER\PARAMETERS.

Hope this helps, Bob

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In a Windows NT domain, the PDC is normally the domain master browser, and the other computers running NT Server, NT Workstation, or the Win9x operating system are backup browsers. If there is more than one NT Server?based computer in the domain, nocomputer running NT Workstation or Win9x should ever be a master browser in the domain. When an election is forced, servers (prefered master browsers) take precedence over NT workstation, which takes precedence over Win9x.

Browse Master Elections are forced under the following conditions: 1) When a computer in the domain cannot find the master browser at system startup. 2) When a computer in the domain requests a browser update and can no longer find the master browser. 3) When an NT Serverstarts (that is, a preferred master browser is started). That is why you will see those Event messages.

The last Event message may be caused by your 98 machines that have File and Print Sharing enabled. If you do have file and print sharing enabled on some of your PCs, disable the ability for Win98 to be a Master Browser under Properties of File and Print Sharing.

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In a Windows NT domain, the PDC is normally the domain master browser, and the other computers running NT Server, NT Workstation, or the Win9x operating system are backup browsers. If there is more than one NT Server?based computer in the domain, nocomputer running NT Workstation or Win9x should ever be a master browser in the domain. When an election is forced, servers (prefered master browsers) take precedence over NT workstation, which takes precedence over Win9x.

Browse Master Elections are forced under the following conditions: 1) When a computer in the domain cannot find the master browser at system startup. 2) When a computer in the domain requests a browser update and can no longer find the master browser. 3) When an NT Serverstarts (that is, a preferred master browser is started). That is why you will see those Event messages.

The last Event message may be caused by your 98 machines that have File and Print Sharing enabled. If you do have file and print sharing enabled on some of your PCs, disable the ability for Win98 to be a Master Browser under Properties of File and Print Sharing.

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by Nautical9 In reply to Browser Forced an Electio ...

Dear friend,
There are 5 roles a machine can have

Master Browser - This machine maintains the list of resources on the network and listens for announcements from other machines to add to the browse list.
Preferred Master Browser - A machine can be designated as the preferred master browser and when this machine starts it will force a browser election and will win unless one of the other machines is the PDC or also has the preferred master browser flag set.
Backup Browser - This type receives a copy of the browse list from the master browser, if it cannot find the Master Browser it will force an election.
Potential Browser - This does not receive a copy of the browse list, but can be promoted to a backup browser by the master browser, or actually become the master browser as the result of an election.
Non-Browser - A non-browser does not maintain a browse list.
When an election takes place, a number or criteria are used. Firstly the browser type

Preferred master
Master
Backup browser
Potential browser
If two machines have the same role then the operating system is used

Windows NT Server that is the PDC
Windows NT Server that is a BDC
Windows NT Server
Windows NT Workstation
Windows 95
Windows for Workgroups
If there is still a tie, the Windows NT version is used

4.0
3.51
3.5
3.1
To set a machine as a certain type of browser perform the following

Start the registry editor (regedit.exe)
Move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Browser\Parameters
Double click on MaintainServerList
Set to
No - for the computer to be a non-browser
Yes - the computer will be a master or backup browser
Auto - will be a master, backup or potential depending on the number of browser currently in action
Click OK
Close the registry editor and reboot

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