Using WINS to browse across subnets
Posted on 2004-08-07
I've just divided our network into two subnets. On subnet A lives the PDC. On subnet B lives the new WINS server. The DHCP configuration for both subnets includes the option for the WINS server.
When I browse the network from any machine (on subnet A or B), the only systems that are displayed are the ones on subnet A. Obviously I would like to be able to browse any machine from both subnets. When I check the WINS configuration I see that the machines on subnet B are indeed being registered in WINS.
It looks to me like the workstations are using broadcasts to announce themselves to browsers. Since the PDC is on a different subnet, the machines in subnet B aren't getting registered on its browse list. I had thought that because the PDC shows up under WINS as the DMB, clients would automatically register themselves with it instead of broadcasting, but it looks like that isn't the case. So I guess I need a local Master Browser for subnet B, which somehow has to synchronize with the PDC/DMB. But I can't figure out how to set this up.