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I'm getting a funky error message in the Event Log of my NT 4.0 Domain Server (SP3).  Here they are is:

6/5/98      3:14:23 PM      Rdr      Error      None      8003      N/A      CORE      The master browser has received a server announcement from the computer PEBBLES that believes that it is the master browser for the domain on transport NwlnkIpx. The master browser is stopping or an election is being forced.

6/5/98      3:14:43 PM      BROWSER      Information      None      8033      N/A      CORE      The browser has forced an election on network \Device\NwlnkIpx because a master browser was stopped.

6/5/98      3:14:43 PM      BROWSER      Information      None      8033      N/A      CORE      The browser has forced an election on network \Device\NetBT_El59x1 because a master browser was stopped.

6/5/98      3:14:43 PM      BROWSER      Information      None      8033      N/A      CORE      The browser has forced an election on network \Device\NwlnkNb because a master browser was stopped.

6/5/98      3:14:44 PM      BROWSER      Information      None      8033      N/A      CORE      The browser has forced an election on network \Device\Nbf_El59x1 because a master browser was stopped.

6/5/98      3:18:35 PM      BROWSER      Warning      None      8021      N/A      CORE      The browser was unable to retrieve a list of servers from the browser master \\BARNY on the network \Device\Nbf_El59x1. The data is the error code.

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Those are just a few of the errors I'm getting.  Yesterday it was FRED, a computer on our netwrok, that thought it was the master browser.  I turned Fred's sharing off and today Pebbles thinks it's the master browser.  And now it's going after Barny, which is my machine.  All of the forementioned machines are Widnows 95 except Barny which is a Windows Nt Workstation.

I'm not very up on Microsoft Networking.  What is the "Master Browser"?  How do I tell my NT Server that it is the Master Browser and not to ignore any workstation that thinks it is Master Browser.  CORE is the domain controller.  I would like to have my Workstation sharing files and printers back and forth.  In other words if you say "Turn off all the sharing on all your machines," I will not accept it.  This happened at my school and our network admin worked around it.
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Windows 95 Machines can be the master browser for a domain or workgroup, this is how windows functions.  If you are concerned by these messages you can disable the browser on the win 95 machines by going into control panel and then networks double click file and print sharing for microsoft networks and then you will see an option for browse master you have 3 choices enabled, automatic, and disabled. Automatic is the default.  Try to disable it on a few test machines and be sure that you can still browse the network via Network Neighborhood.  The windows nt server can always be the Master browser for a small network of 100 of less computer and it works best if you use the Wins service to resolve computer names on the network.
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To disable the browse master at the win 95 box will not affect sharing files and printers, just allow the Nt box to do it's job and not be affected by windows 95 machines trying to be the browser for your domain or workgroup.
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