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Intermitten "cannot browse network" prob

By geof ·
I have a Windows 2000 Server and a mixed network of clients(Win 98SE, winMe, WinXP - 25 computers)on some of the win98SE clients I log on and can browse network but after a while (maybe an hour or two)when I click on network neighborhood it tells me "cannot browse network" I can log off and log back on and all is well- I can browse again. My network has been running fine for a year! I run local DNS for WinXP and WINS for all others. I can still ping the computers on the network even when I can't browse.

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by Robininja In reply to Intermitten "cannot brows ...

windows 98 clients use netbeui to browse peer to peer networks, also print and file sharing must be enabled on w98 clients, you also did not say wether you are running netbeui on your win 2000 server, if u are this machine will become the master browser(hold the list of all clients on your network) by default, if not all legacy clients will compete in a browser election periodically to see who will be the master browser. Netbeui has been a troublesome prtocol in the past and has only been included in the newer OS s for backward compatability, u need to ensure that u are runing it to browse you network I dont have all the answers but i hope this helps to point u in the right direction

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by geof In reply to Intermitten "cannot brows ...

Thank you. You say I need to use netbuie protocol but I have successfully run this network for over a year with nothing but tcp/ip running. Why, all of a sudden, would I need netbuie?? Thanks again!

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by geof In reply to Intermitten "cannot brows ...

Also, sorry, but I have a domain not ptp.

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by Robininja In reply to Intermitten "cannot brows ...

netbeui (netbios) is needed by legacy clients to resolve host names on a network, if u installed client for microsoft network it will be installed automatically. What u say is only possibel if u r using active directory and have used software to make win98 clients able to use AD. You say u r in a domain not p2p, how are win98 clients authenticated, is your domain controller running in native or mixed mode, if it's mixed mode then check your computer browser service for host resolution probs,The Computer Browser service maintains lists of your Windows domains, workgroups, and computers, and any other network equipment that supports the NetBIOS protocol.

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by geofl In reply to Intermitten "cannot brows ...

I couldn't figure out how to make any further comments on my question.

Robininja,
I am running in mixed mode. I made sure that only one protocol was bound to my NIC; and that one protocol was TCP/IP. I do have 'netbios over tcp/ip' activated. not sure how that affects the whole thing. I have not installed any software that allows win98 cliets to be able to use AD. I use WINS for address resolution for WIn98 clients. I will try what you say. I should install the netbui protocol on all win98SE clients as well as the PDC (Win 2000 Server)?

Thank you Robininja, for your help!

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by wmr02 In reply to Intermitten "cannot brows ...

When we have had browsing issues with the network it has almost alsways been related to which server was the browase master. Check which server is the master browser, is is available, is it up and running?

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by geof In reply to Intermitten "cannot brows ...

Yes the browse master is the domain controller.
I tried Installing netbui and It did not help.
I didnt think it would cuz I have netbios over tcp/ip activated.

I tried restarting the computer browser service -nothing! It does seem like a master browser problem - i just dont know how to solve it yet

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