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By J_S ·
I'm running a client/server network through a 10/100 24 port hub.
The server is set up as the PDC and all network connections are fine and pings are as they should be from every workstation to the server and workstation to workstation etc.
What i'm getting is a little odd. All the workstations are 95/98 and sometimes in network neighborhood you don't see any other computers in there at all either on the workgroup or the domain. If I open it up a little later they all appear as they should normally. When Network neighborhood is empty I'll run a find computer and it always finds them as it should. What could be causing this? The network is operating fine and all apps run across it fine without any problems whatsoever.
Anyone know what might cause this intermittent problem?

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by NetTek In reply to Network Neighborhood

Win9x (as opposed to NT Workstation) is infamous for having browsing problems. The first step to reducing browsing problems is to install the WINs server service on your NT server. Secondly, on all of the 9x machines that have File and Print Sharing enabled, go to Network Neighborhood -> Properties - > File and Print Sharing -> Properties. Set the Browse Master to "disabled" on all but one (or maybe two) of the 9x machines. The 9x machines that you leave browse master capablility enabled should be machines that are up and running on your network most often.

Hope that helps.

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by J_S In reply to Network Neighborhood

Thanks very much, WINS server service is already up and running on the server and i'm using static IPs for all machines.
Most machines are used every day but they are all set to automatic on the browse master setting. I've changed all of them to enabled for now to see what happens and will test them over the next few weeks.
I knew it was a Win9x issue when I noticed this but we don't have the resouces right now to change over to 2000 PRO.
Again thanks for your help.

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