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server name shortened while browsing network

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I have a small network.  Server running WinServer 2003.  The server name is quite long.  While I browse the network from winxp home and pro workstations, the server name is shortened.  The apps I am using/trying to install need to have the full server name.  Renaming the server is not an option.

Thank you in advance, question is urgent.

Geoff
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Note About NetBIOS Names
Every NetBIOS name is a full 16 characters in length; the first 15 are user definable (or padded with spaces), and the 16th character is reserved to identify the network service that registered the name. The most familiar example of a NetBIOS name is the ComputerName on any Microsoft networking client. When the client is booted, various client network services will register the ComputerName along with their unique extension, such as ComputerName<00> (workstation service), and ComputerName<20> (server service). In this case, the only difference between these two names is the 16th character - and that does make them individually identifiable. A client can register all of its names by broadcast, and by direct datagram to WINS, depending on the client node type. Other companies may also register NetBIOS extensions that are not reserved by Microsoft.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;q163409&
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/en/server/help/default.asp?url=/WINDOWS2000/en/server/help/sag_DNS_imp_NamespacePlanning.htm
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I've never objected to a deletion or refund, but I feel I must say something about this:

The questioner stated that "Renaming the server is not an option."  Acording to microsoft's website which i quoted above, NetBIOS does not support names longer than 15 characters.  This may or may not apply to the situation, but the questioner never responded to inform me so.  I would have worked with him if this was not the case.  If it is the case, then I feel the above information explains what was causing it and helped bring him to the ultimate conclusion that he must rename it.

In my opinion if you ask the impossible, and an expert gives you hard proof as to why it is impossible, and you submit to the limitations of your system as a result, then the expert should get partial credit.

Just because the question was unanswerable given the criteria, or not complete do to a lack of participation and follow on the part of the questioner;  I don't feel the expert's effors should go un-merited when the research was apt.

Like I said, I don't much about these situations, and I leave it to the discretion of the MODs

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Message to adamdrayer:  I meant no offense by closing/deleting the question.  I am new to EE and learning the basics.  You gave a thorough and complete answer.  I will happily award points and accept your answer.  Thank you for your time.

Geoff
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thanks.  you didn't have to give me all 500 points.  as recommended, 100 would have been fine.  More than anything else, I wanted to make sure the question wasn't deleted, because lots of people search through the solutions, and if someone else has the same problem, they can find and use this thread.

thanks again
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Thanks!
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