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no domains(worksgroups) appearing in Microsoft Windows Network window

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Hi. its a 2003 server connected to about half a dozen DCs which are 2000 or 2003. When I look in network neighbour hood and try to browse them out, all I see are machines attached to the root dc on the local network. Not the servers which are off site connected via a router.

What ports need to be open to allow this?

Thanks

James
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m0bov
NetBIOS broadcast traffic id used to populate the browse lists and will not cross a router.
To make this work you will need either a WINS Proxy installed in each site or a WINS Server in each site with push-pull replication to the WINS Server at your office.

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JamesDS
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Hi, we had it working before, we do have WINS installed on the server (think you helped me with the upgrade from 2000). All servers and workstations look to this server for WINS.

We do have port 5554 9996 blocked. Could that be it?
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Just noticed the NIC on the server did not have its IP listed under WINS. Added it and will see if that helps.

Perhaps its not using WINS to resolve anything.

Ta
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m0bov
I think I remember this one :)

Do you have NetBIOS turned off in the IP Properties on the NIC?
Any machine with NetBIOS switched off will not appear in the browse lists.

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All sorted, just needed to check the NIC had the WINS ip address added.

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Welcome, glad to help

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JamesDS
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