Browsing Domain Not Working

Posted on 2004-08-17
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Hello EE Forum
   I have recently upgraded Active Directory from 2000 to 2003 adding a new 2003 based domain controller.  This process seems to have worked fine I have DNS, DHCP, WINS running on the 2003 box and 2 DCs one running W2K Standard server the second on 2003.   I've recently removed AD from the 2000 box leaving a single 2003 DC.  All roles seem to have transferred okay,  but now I find client PCs cannot browse the network through (My Network Places).  When I chose the domain I get a message "The domain is not accessible, The list of servers for this workgroup is not available."

The 2003 server is running NetBios over TCP/IP,  The WINS service is enabled and I can see all the active registrations from the server MMC.  The clients are all W2K Pro SP4.  Prior to removing AD from the 2000 box,  WINS was replicated between the 2003-2000 server.  I have updated DHCP to point only to the remaining 2003 box for all services DNS,DHCP, WINS.   My plan is to add another DC on another 2003 server but I need to clear up this browse issue before I do.

Any ideas on what might be casuing this issue?  I can ping all the node from both the clients and servers.  I can event get to the shares using net use \\UNC syntax.  Thank you for your help on this matter.


Question by:dennmaine

Expert Comment

ID: 11823850
Have you tried removing a single workstation from the domain and then re-joining?  The fact that the error mentions a workgroup strikes me as odd.  When I have more time I'll poke around some research material and see if I can offer more help.

Expert Comment

ID: 11825776
Is the first DNS entry on your workstations the same IP has new DC?

Author Comment

ID: 11830163
eseyfried:  Yes the first (only)  DNS entry is for the new 2003 Domain Controller.  
WEBINAR: GDPR Implemented - Tips & Lessons Learned

Join the WatchGuard team on Thursday, March 29th as we recount some valuable lessons learned in weighing the needs of a business against the new regulatory environment, look ahead at the two months left before implementation, and help you understand the steps you can take today!


Author Comment

ID: 11830335
DMcElligott:  I removed my machine from the domain.  I added it to the WORKGROUP workgroup then re-added it back into the domain.  After I still the same error when I attempt to browse through My Network Places.  Interstingly it found the domain fine when readding the workstation.


Author Comment

ID: 11886903
I resolved the issue using the Browstat utility.  I found out what machine was acting as  Master Browser and forced a new election.  The Global catalog for AD grabbed the role and I can now browse all my servers & desktops.  My opinion, WINS is still a kludgy way of managing device visability on the network.


Accepted Solution

modulo earned 0 total points
ID: 12602037
PAQed with points refunded (250)

Community Support Moderator

Featured Post

We Need Your Input!

WatchGuard is currently running a beta program for our new macOS Host Sensor for our Threat Detection and Response service. We're looking for more macOS users to help provide insight and feedback to help us make the product even better. Please sign up for our beta program today!

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

This article will show you step-by-step instructions to build your own NTP CentOS server.  The network diagram shows the best practice to setup the NTP server farm for redundancy.  This article also serves as your NTP server documentation.
This article will help to fix the below errors for MS Exchange Server 2016 I. Certificate error "name on the security certificate is invalid or does not match the name of the site" II. Out of Office not working III. Make Internal URLs and Externa…
After creating this article (http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/23699/Setup-Mikrotik-routers-with-OSPF.html), I decided to make a video (no audio) to show you how to configure the routers and run some trace routes and pings between the 7 sites…
This video gives you a great overview about bandwidth monitoring with SNMP and WMI with our network monitoring solution PRTG Network Monitor (https://www.paessler.com/prtg). If you're looking for how to monitor bandwidth using netflow or packet s…

607 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question