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By And_the_beat_goes_on ·
I have nt 4.0, sp6a network with 1 PDC and 3 BDC's, some win2k clients but mostly 95 & 98 clients (about 90 clients in all). My understanding of browsing is basically that there is a browse master heirarchy, 1st the PDC, followed by BDC's, the win2k, win98 and win95. My servers are up and running 24/7. However when we check the logs, we sometimes see a PC that thinks it should be the master browser and then we end up going to that pc and disabling the browse announce under the file and print sharing properties. We have gone through and disabled this on all of our clients, but you know how it is, a new pc is purchased, a hard drive replaced, someone forgets...... Here is an example of the message:

The master browser has received a server announcement from the computer KARLA TRIBLEY that believes that it is the master browser for the domain on transport NetBT_CpqNF31. The master browser is stopping or an election is being forced. (this is a win98 pc)

What I don't know is what is causing this. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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by TomSal In reply to Master Browser

Oddly enough we have almost the same network configuration here, except we have five NT servers (adding a 6th soon).

First, rest assured your thinking of how the browse process works is correct. However that is under "default" conditions. I believe the reason you are experiencing the problems you are is that someone (perhaps a rogue user?) has been playing the registry. In the registry you can set what role a computer plays in the browse process.

I'm limited to 1930 characters with this reply. If you'd like a .PDF (Adobe Acrobat file) of setting the browse role via the registry, you can email me and I'll be happy to get it to you.

This way I can also include screen shots to make it as simple as possible to follow.

Take care.
PS. To prevent this from happening you should look into system policies that lock users from altering such values.

-Tom

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by And_the_beat_goes_on In reply to Master Browser

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by Parbo In reply to Master Browser

browser elections can be caused by systems that have certain specs. not only software wise but also haredware wise. I think you can set the pdc to be the only master browser so no election will be forced or its the otherway around that you have to disabled the others from joining a selection. My advice is make a registry key for all OS's and as soon you ohave a new system you can import the key to prevent them from forcing elections

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by deltree In reply to Master Browser

I have recently upgraded my PC to W2K. Since then, my PC thinks it should be the browser master. As evidenced by the event log. I don't know what is wrong. I have just altered the registry to prevent the PC from participating as a browser. Now the browser service fails on startup and generates a stop error.
I know this doesn't fix the issue. It is probably a configuration issue. I will post if I find anything useful in the future.

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by shmaltz In reply to Master Browser

If you have 90 clients its about time you stop using NETBeui. If your network dosnt use NETBeui then make sure its not installed on any of the clients.

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