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WINS problems/machines missing

By Deming Schools Network ·
I have a network that contains Windows NT 4.0 Servers and a mix of 98, NT, 2000, and XP workstations.

We have been noticing lately that new or re-built machines are not showing up on the network list when browsing the network neighborhood. Thesemachines seem to be registering with WINS...I can ping them by computer name, but they are no-shows on the neighborhood and if they share a printer it is not possible to connect to it, even by typing out the path. The only way we have been able to get them to register (and this only works occasionally) is to remove them from the domain (at the workstation - then from server manager) and add them back into the domain from the workstation after two reboots from the workstation.

Any suggestions on why this is happening would be greatly appreciated...leave it to Microsoft to make a person feel totally ignorant! :-)

Thanks!

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by Mike Jones In reply to WINS problems/machines mi ...

Check your TCP/IP settings and make sure NETBIOS over IP is enabled.

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We have checked this option on both the DHCP server and on the workstations...it doesn't seen to make any difference, most workstations are set to use the DHCP settings and the DHCP options use type 0x8

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by curlergirl In reply to WINS problems/machines mi ...

Question - are these machines using the same names as machines that were formerly on the domain? If so, you would have to remove and recreate the computer accounts because the new machine would not have the same SID as the old machine. Just a thought. . .Hope this helps!

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Well...that was my first thought too..so I started breaking down the process more. If a machine dies and it has say NT installed...then we normally re-image to 2000 as part of the fix. (a VERY slow way to upgrade I know) During this process...a 2000 image is burned to the hard drive..then we run a sid-changer program to change the sid...then add the machine to the network..most often, changing the machine name..but not always.

Thanks for the response! Keep those idea's coming.

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by tommymcbrayer In reply to WINS problems/machines mi ...

Are you crossing any CISCO routers?

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One.... our connection to an ISP. Most of our network is fiber and wireless.

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