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Unable to browse trusting domain

By gster ·

I have a problem that has been frustrating me for a little while now. I am running 2 W2K domains, both running active directory, DNS and one of the domains running dhcp (clientmachines), the other contains servers with static ip addresses. I recently set up trust relationships (native mode) between the domains so that my users can have access to the servers that they need and so that I can backup one of my domain controllers that is in the domain with the client machines.

My problem is this from one domain I cannot browse the machines in the other domain, I can see their shares if I type \\servername (so the trust is in place and working) however say I go to my network places then entire network, I cannot see the domain listed.

I would be most grateful if someone can make any suggestions to point me towards a solution to this.


Graeme Robertson

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Unable to browse trusting ...

does this look like you?
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 280374
NetBIOS Browse List May Not Contain all Domains in a Windows 2000 Environment
View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q280374
When two or more Microsoft Windows 2000 domains cross multiple subnets, a NetBIOS browse list may be absent one of the domains.
This behavior may occur if each domain is contained in its own subnet. When a Domain Master Browser starts, it makes the remote procedure call (RPC) transfer the "r_WinsGetDbRecsByName" call to its assigned Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS) server to pull all <1B> records in the WINS database. These records represent the other Domain Master Browsers which enables the Domain Master Browser to discover all other domains in the enterprise.

Windows 2000 WINS servers return all, but one, of the <1B> records when they respond to this call; in turn, the Domain Master Browser for each domain returns a list of all domains except for the one that is not returned in the query.
To work around this behavior, you can add one member of the absent domain to each subnet. This addition can create a Segment Master Browser for that domain and the Segment Master Browser can broadcast DomainAnnouncement datagrams. These datagrams can be used to inform the other Domain Master Browsers about the missing domain.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

Another workaround is to create a static master browser for a domain named "ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ" that allows you browse all domains on a Windows 2000 WINS server.

To do this, use notepad to create a Lmhosts file by using the following steps:

NOTE: There are exactly 15 characters in the name specified earlier. Also, by using characters "Z", you make sure the character is always listed at the bottom of the domain name list, which is arranged in alphabetical order.
The IP address can be any made up address not already used on your network.
Add several blank lines to the end of the file to make sure the file is imported properly.
Save the file.
In the WINS management console, import that file.
A static entry for a master browser for a domain named "ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ" may now be the last 1b entry in the database.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.
For additional information about NetBIOS browsing in Windows 2000, see Appendix 1 of the TCP/IP Core Networking Guide in the Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit.
The information in this article applies to:
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP1
Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP1

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by lcampbell In reply to Unable to browse trusting ...

Check that your subnet mask is the right one. Sounds like your'e blocking some of the net from yourself.

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