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Workgroup stuck in My Network Places

By shanna ·
A consultant of ours recently created a virtual PC on the "D" drive of one of our domain PCs to do some software testing. The virtual PC was named "PCNAME" in the "Workgroupname" workgroup.

Now that he's gone and the PC has been physically removed from the network the PC name is still appearing in our Windows 2003 Active Directory computers list, and the Workgroup is still appearing the the My Network Places browser listing on all the domain workstations.

I cannot find a way of removing these now non-existent entries from appearing in the AD or Network Places browser, and it's been a week since the consultant has left.

Does anyone know of ay procedures for removing these entries? Any assistance would be appreciated.

Thanks very much.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Workgroup stuck in My Net ...

no other boxes got put in that workgroup, yes?
how long has he been gone? eventually the browse list will get refreshed and it will disapear. it might be days. i can take a look and try to find you an answer in the mskb at support.microsoft.com
<meanwhile, 2 cents if you don't mind>
you know what's fairly fun to do on friday afternoon? call microsoft. seems like i always get good free suppport then. especially on w2k3 server stuff. they feel sorry for me i got no life maybe and, they scared of mac os x now.
plus everybody else gone home, i guess.
friday night is my favorite time to maybe break stuff. since i have the whole weekend to fix it...
<i'm looking in mskb...>

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

all the stuff on the browser service that i can find so far suggests that it should be out of your network neighborhood and the list you get using net view by now. is it gone from there but still in AD? maybe?

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by shanna In reply to

The only box that "was" in that workgroup was a new server that we've built and now put into production, so it's now in our working domain. I believe the consultant just ran DCPROMO on it to place it into the domain, but not 100% sure as it was done while I was elsewhere assisting staff. As far as I know, the server was the only box in that workgroup, and even then it was only during the initial build. And the workgroup has been empty since very early last week.

It's strange that the auto-refresh in My Network Places takes so long... I would have thought it would be quite a short interval (say 30 minutes or so) to accomodate PCs joining and exiting the domain during the day.

Anyway... I'll try what you suggest below and keep watching it closely.

Thanks for all your help!!!!

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Workgroup stuck in My Net ...

i wonder about the results of doing this from both the w2k3 svr and a client that shows the phantom workgroup in network neighborhood
try to browse the phantom workgroup and then see what if any event errors you can glean from the event logs. security and system i guess...

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

i think you have knack of worrying about the 'right' problems...
i don't know why a workgroup name persists like that in AD. it isn't supposed so apparently. so even tho i know nothing! about ad, dns, wins and netbios i gotta start somewhere. so i am gonna say something is broke in browswing/name resolution system on your w23k domain. something like wins or maybe dns. i can't unravel how this stuff works reading the mskb articles....
think you and i want couple tools from downloads.microsoft.com
one is nblookup and other is DNSlint. I am chewing on these now and can't talk thru my hat with my mouth full...
you figure it out you post it and i will give plenty of my points....is 1000 enuf to put you to that trouble?

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

<muttering to self>
...need to do some kind of flush of wins or netbios database? nbstat?

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by shanna In reply to

Doing a browse from both the client side and the server itself produce a "Wprkgroupname is not accessible. You might not have permission to use... blah, blah blah" error. No entries in either event log on either box. Weird... I'll try looking into the DNS & WINS angles as you suggest.

And once again... thanks for the help on this!

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Workgroup stuck in My Net ...

wonder if Bfilm has any ideas?

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by Unidentified In reply to Workgroup stuck in My Net ...

Try unchecking the Automatically search for network folders and printers.

Open My computer, Tools menu, Folder options, View tab then uncheck and apply to all

hope this helps

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