Can't Browse My Network with XP SP2 clients
Posted on 2004-11-01
Problem: On my clients, if I go to My Network Places, and then entire network, only the domain controllers, file servers, and admin computers appear. The clients can connect, share, etc... - they can do everything and I'm the only one who notices it. I could ignore it, however, a few programs I use (AntiVirus) seem to require "seeing" the other machines in my network places before I can push programs to it. I am concerned it may be a group policy issue, as my workstation and my assistant's workstation (also having no group policy applied) appear in entire network.
Yet, if I remove the clients from the group policy, they still don't appear - even after a restart and a gpupdate/force. It makes me think that a service is turned off - I have check all services and it looks the same as on my computer. If I reinstall "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks," the workstations will appear for a period of time, then dissapear. Also, I believe this began occuring after we migrated to XPSP2, but I cannot be 100% sure of that.
Domain: Windows Server 2003
Workstations: XP Pro SP2
Network: TCP/IP assigned DHCP, one gigabit network card per server
Workaround: reinstall "file and printer sharing" - for a brief time
Thanks for any comments or suggestions on this.