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By Rabbit_Runner ·
Environment
-Huge network witn multiple subnets
-Windows 2003 Domain (10 DCs) I do not have access to the DCs (they are maintained by another group of IT techs)
-Network Servers are a mix of 2000 / 2003 / UNIX

Problem Server
-Window 2003 server (recently reloaded to upgrade)
-It is in production and cannot be reloaded again
-IP Static
-DNS (both AD and UNIX) Have checked and the DNS entries are correct and match.
-WINS enabled - entries are correct (I checked)
-This server is identical in hardware and software to four other servers.

Problem:
-We cannot browse to this server.
-URL will reach any share on the server
-It is not viewable in a browsing environment.
-We can logon using RDP by the server name and by the server IP.

Master browser settings are correct (have been searching KB).

I had a similar problem three years ago and the solution was a setting in the registry. I THINK the problem is the same thing, but for the life of me, I cannot find the same article which gave the answer.

Does anyone have an idea?

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by BFilmFan In reply to Browser (Server) problem

Can you ping the server by the fully qualified domain name, IP address and NETBIOS name?

If FQDN and IP and NETBIOS all work, this will clear DNS and WINS as potential issues.

When you state that you cannot browse to the server, do you mean that you cannot see it in Network Neighborhood?

If so, this means that the Master Browser is having an issue. How is browsing configured for your network? Is there a single or multiple master browers? By default in AD, all domain controllers are browser servers.

You may need to stop and start the browser service on the domain controllers and involved system.

Although rare, make sure the following registry key does not exist on the involved system:
HKLM\system\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters\Hidden = 1
This will cause the computer to be hidden from Network Neighborhood

Does the computer show up as an object in Active Directory?

If not, then the system most likely didn't join the domain properly and needs to be added.

If you don't have control of the domain controllers, you will need assistance in checking these settings.

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by Rabbit_Runner In reply to

Thanks BFilmFAN. The item I was seeking was the registry keey about the server not being hidden. That was the setting I needed. Thanks.

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