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I installed a new Wins and DHCP server on a W2K server. I ipconfig
/release 2 W2K Pro workstations and rebooted. One of them works
completely. The other one logs onto the network, but you can't browse My
Network Places and you can't see any servers when I command a "net view".
However, I can type\\server\share and connect fine. I did the same thing
with a Win 98 client and it works fine. I also rebooted a XP Pro
workstation and it has the same problem. Does \\server\share use wins or
netbios?  Any ideas on what could be the
problem? I ipconfig /all every one and they all show a valid ip, wins,
dhcp, and dns server.
 
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by:steinmto
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Do you have AD running on your network?
Are you running dns? Are you pointing the W2k pro machines at the W2k server for dns in DHCP?

Thanks,
Tom
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by:sburgin
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We are still a NT 4 Domain.  The workstations all point to an external DNS server.
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How many servers do you have and what services such as wins and dhcp are on each one.  This sounds like it could be a netbios brower issue to me.
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by:sburgin
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About 10 servers.  The old Wins, DHCP server (NT 4) is still in use.  The DHCP scope is just disabled.  The Wins service is still running.  Other than RAS on a W2K server, that's about it.  DNS comes from the ISP.  I believe you are right about the netbios browser issue.  The 2 W2K workstations with one working and the other not, seem to configured the exact same.  On each workstation, Netbios over TCP/IP is selected.
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Do you have the two wins servers set to push/pull configuration?  Did it work fine before you added the second WINS server?  I have seen some problems with NetBios when the computer master browser is on a ras server so another thing you could try is diabling the computer browser service on the RAS server in services.

Tom
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Bisquitlips earned 200 total points
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Just a quick history of my experience that may help you.

Make sure that the browser settings in my computer on Windows 98 and 95 systems are set to NOT participate in browser elections.  What happens is that when boxes that are higher in the hirearchial scale are turned off, a Windows 98 or 95 machine will assume the role of Master Browser in the domain.  It will even assume the role of MB over a domain controller.  This is another MS "feature" aka bug!!

I don't know if this is your problem, but it sounds framiliar.


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by:sburgin
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There is no push/pull config setup.  The new Wins service was added a couple of days before the problem came up.  The problem came only after I rebooted the machines to pull from the new DHCP server.  No servers have been shut down yet.  Only the older DHCP scope has been disabled.
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What wins server or servers do you have the clients and servers pointing at?  The one time I had this problem disabling the computer browser service on the ras server worked.  Try doing an nbtstat /status on the w2k server and the clients that cannot connect and post the results.

Thanks,
TTom
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by:sburgin
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All the clients I discussed point to the new Wins server.  When everyone boots tomorrow morning, they'll point to the new one as well.  I'll nbtstat in the morning and post the results.
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by:sburgin
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As you thought, a windows 95 machine took over as master browser.  I shut it down which forced an election.  The BDC took over and all is good.
Thanks,
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