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By stresco ·
I manage a Windows 2003 network for approximately 150 users. At one time we were much larger, with a child domain. That branch has been desolved and the child domain removed according to MS Whitepapers. However, whenever I browse My Network Places, i still see the child domain listed. How do I remove it? Also, when someone plugs a laptop into our network, the machine shows up as a domain\workgroup and stays for a long time. How do i remove them as well?

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Clingy Domains

by BFilmFan In reply to Unwanted Domains

Somewhere on your network you have one of the following:

(1) The domain still exists in DNS.
(2) The domain still exists in WIN.

Since you stated that you removed them following the Microsoft white papers, I doubt this is an issue.

(3) The domain is being mainatained by a backup browser. This could be a backup browser in the domain or in a domain which has a trust to yours.

You should set the following registry key on all workstations and servers, which are NOT domain controllers:

HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Browser\Parameters MaintainServerList = No

Domain controllers should maintain a server list and able to take over in the event your PDC Emulator fails.

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WINS

by stresco In reply to Clingy Domains

Thanks for your reply. I had already set the the HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Browser\Parameters MaintainServerList = No
statement on all non server machines, except for several powerful workstations to work as backupbrowsers, but i never checked WINS. Sometimes i forget that service is even running. It turns out those entries were sitting right there in the WINS server databases as active. I deleted them and scavanged all records. Looks like it worked. Thanks again.

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