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Machine names invisible in Win2k

By donoghue ·
I'm running Win2000 on two machines, and one NT 4.0 on an internal LAN on a 10 MHZ hub. I then connect that hub via a NAT device to the internet. All 3 can see internet with no problem. INtermittently, though, one or both of the 2000 machines will be unable to browse the network using machine names. Each machine can ping the other using internal IP addresses, and can even map to drives using the IP address. BUT, cannot see or use the other machine's machine name. The "invisible" machine cannot browse the network at all in Explorer - get the error "Workgroup is not accessible. The list of servers for this workgroup is not currently available." However, the invisible machine can ping its own machine name! Finally, the other 2 visible machines, can browse each others drives without problem, using machine name or IP address. Am I missing something really obvious here?

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by elmagoal In reply to Machine names invisible i ...

You need a wins server or a DNS server to have the win2k to see the NT4. Just add the domain name service on one win2k pcs and that should resolve your problem. Make sure you specify the IP range for your internal network or add the Windows internet name services (WINS)restart the PC and that will do it.

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by luc In reply to Machine names invisible i ...

Another thing that you can do instead of installing WINS or DNS, is edit the LMHOSTS file on all 3 servers. the lmhosts contains the windows NAMES to IP addresses. Once you have edited and saved the file(make sure there's NO extension "lmhosts") go to your command prompt and type "nbtstat -R" this will load the information into the cache or preload it.

example of an lmhosts entry
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10.0.0.1 myservername #PRE

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by dan In reply to Machine names invisible i ...

Don't believe the other two answers, they're not correct. The keyword "browsing" here, browsing uses NetBIOS names. DNS doesn't use NetBIOS, WINS does, and browsing services do. Go to the network properties, TCP/IP properties, Advanced button, WINS tab then click on "enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP". Could take up to 15 minutes to refresh "read about Master Browsers on MS while your waiting" or simply reboot the W2K machines to have them register with the Master Browser. My question to you is, how do you know which machine is your master browser or does it really matter?

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