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By Deming Schools Network ·
I have recently been noticing that some computers on my network are not listed on the browse list. These computers can share printers and folders, but you have to connect with the UNC because you cannot browse.

I have now lost access to a server on the network for the same reason, except you can see the server on the list and cannot open it. The error says there is no access or the resource does not exist. In this case, you can ping the server, and connect to shares with "\\IP Address\sharename"

I'm sure this is a WINS problem, but can't pin it down. Any suggestions?

Thanks!

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by rawright In reply to WINS Configuration

So many options, so little information... What OSs are you dealing with? What is the server running, particularly? Are you configured as a domain or a workgroup? Is NetBIOS over TCP/IP enabled on all of the PCs? Is there a WINS Server running on the network, and do you have a Browse Master designated? Do you have firewalls installed that may be blocking NetBIOS traffic? Please post a bit more information.

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by Deming Schools Network In reply to

Well... I guess I was so focused on the problem, I forgot to explain the big picture. Here goes. NetBIOS over TCP/IP is enabled. WINS server is running on network with NT Server 4.0 as OS. Many NT Servers on network as well as several Win2000 Server (Advanced in most cases) No active directory.

Clients are running Win98, Win2000, WinXP, WinNT. I do not have a browse master designated. No firewalls. The problem seems to exist on all OSs... although it is more common with XP.

Did I miss anything? Please continue discussion.

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by rawright In reply to WINS Configuration

You might want to move the WINS server function to one of the Win2K servers - it's a bit more reliable. I'd also try setting the problem hosts to LMAnnounce = Yes to see if that helps make them more persistent on the network. I've had a lot of trouble with WinXP 'losing' mapped connections, too, and have yet to find a solution. There's some good info here: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=http://support.microsoft.com:80/support/kb/articles/Q136/7/12.asp&NoWebContent=1

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by Deming Schools Network In reply to

Sorry it took so long, we've been dealing with some major issues...anyway, I did try moving the WINS config to a Win2K server and it seems to be working better.

Thanks so much for the input!

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by Jellimonsta In reply to WINS Configuration

Try running the following from a cmd prompt on the affected system.

NET CONFIG SERVER /HIDDEN:NO

That should resolve the UNC problem.

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