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By dennisb ·
I have an NT 4.0 network that is divided into 2 subnets accross a pair of routers and T1 lines. I just installed a stand alone Win2K server that is not part of the domain, but uses the same DNS and WINS servers and has the workgroup name the same asthe domain name. I did NOT enable file and print sharing (although I probably should have). When I disconnect the new server, computers on either side can see all other computers/servers. When I connect the new Win2K server, then each group can onlysee computers on their side of the router. I have TCPIP enabled and Netbeui enabled, although I may be able to get rid of it.

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by g_doranfam In reply to Network Browsing

The Win2k server probably is taking over as Browser Master and since it is not part of the domain it probably is not seeing the rest of the network.

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by dennisb In reply to Network Browsing

I realize that Win2K servers get top priority for browse masters. However, how do I stop that, and why does it cause the other pc's to no longer see anyone?

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Network Browsing

Change the Workgroup name to something else; don't make it the same name as your domain. If you want to connect to resources on the Win2K box (shared folders, etc) you can do that with it being in Workgroup X from your domain Y. Just when you map a drive or attempt a connection, specify a valid account that exist on the Win2K server.

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by dennisb In reply to Network Browsing

The problem is that I want the Win2K server to show up in network neighborhood, which is why I set the workgroup name to the domain name. Isn't there any way of leaving the names the same but stop it from taking over browsing responsibility?

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by FaisalMasood In reply to Network Browsing

Got browsing master problem in my w2k domain on single subnet.

Check my Q: Browsing Service problem???

http://www.techrepublic.com/forumqa/thread_detail.jhtml?thread_id=71089

My Suggestion:
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1) what I've learnt that try to stop Browsing Service & then Disable its startup option on w2k. This will work. :) You have to restart your network or wait some time.

2) Try to use Browselist utility from
http://www.ntsecurity.nu/toolbox/browselist/


It tells you exactly what browsing role each Pc is playing in your network.

3) Go to http://www.ntfaq.com/ & search for "master browser" There you'll find a lot of articles on how to do more on browsing service.

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by FaisalMasood In reply to Network Browsing

Also check the URL:
http://www.ultratech-llc.com/kb/?File=Browser.TXT

Great info there. :)

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by dennisb In reply to Network Browsing

Thanks. www.ntfaq.com had a lot on browsing and identified the registry entry to set to cause a particular system to take on a specific browsing role (including the NO browsing role). I will try that when I get to the site but that is the parameter I was looking for, and I do not have change the workgroup name or make it a member of the domain. Thanks.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Network Browsing

Oh, ok. Then why not add the Win2K server as a member server in your NT domain, then disable the Computer Browser service on the Win2K box? You can have the Win2K box in an NT domain as a member server with no problems (my office domain is NT PDC & BDC with Win2K member servers).
Try it.

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by dennisb In reply to Network Browsing

Good thought, but it is a specialized server (used for imaging) and there are political issues with who controls this server (we do) versus who controls the domain (county MIS), so we do not want it to be a member of the domain, just to be able to browse it.

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