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I had a computer temporarily in a workgroup instead of the domain.  How do I get rid of the workgroup name so that it doesn't show up in the tree when I browse the Network Neighborhood through Explorer?
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by:stevenlewis
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What OS?
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by:escheider
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Simple, just change the workgroup name of the computer to the domain name.  It will take some time for the Master Browser to refresh, and it will eventually go away by itself.

If its 2000 or NT, you'll have rejoin the domain.

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Windows 2000 Pro.  I've actually gotten rid of the computer since but the name of workgroup remains in the network neighborhood.
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by:stevenlewis
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try right clicking and choose delete
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by:wordtool
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That's not an option.
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by:escheider
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Is this the only machine with that workgroup name?

How many servers are on your network?  
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by:stevenlewis
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never mind, that won't work
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by:wordtool
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That's not an option.
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That's not an option.
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Do you by any chance have any hosts or lmhosts entries pointing to the old workgroup?
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by:escheider
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I'd stop and restart the Server service on your domain controller.  This should be your Master Browser, which, when restarted, should cause a browser election.  This would refresh the list.

Keep in mind, if you do this, no one will be able to access this machine until the service is restarted.  This service also has dependency services which would also need to be restarted.

Or, just restart the PDC.

If there isn't another machine on the network with this workgroup name, it should disappear.
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by:stevenlewis
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also try from a prompt typing
ipconfig /flushdns
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by:wordtool
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Nothing in hosts or lmhosts.

ipconfig /flushdns didn't seem to work.

I'll try reseting the pdc tonight.
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Reseting the PDC didn't work.
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If you double click on the workgroup name, does it list any machines?
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No machines are listed.
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by:cincin77
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Try to restart your WINS server...
That should be the master browser.
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The solution was to make a new computer with name and domain, connect it to the network then remove it.
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I have had this problem as well....It is similar to when you create a new connection you have them numbered 1,2,3...etc. The way to get all the "history" removed is to blow out your tcp/ip stack. First right click on LAN...left click on properties. select client for Microsoft Networks and uninstall. Select File and Printer Sharing and uninstall. uninstall QoS Packet Scheduler and all others. If you select something that doesn't allow you to uninstall like NWLink NetBIOS...or Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) just uncheck it. Second thing to do is to go to device manager. select the plus sign next to network adapters. right click on network connection and uninstall. yes...yes...restart computer. TCP/IP stack will be rebuilt computer in network neighborhood should be gone. You might have to add some protocols. Let me know if this is fixed. If you didn't do what I said...what did you do to resolve.
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