We have a small company here with about 20 PCs / Linux boxes. No Domain, just peer-2-peer. Everyone is on the same workgroup ("WORKGROUP"). We have had some very flaky behaviour with people no longer seeing each other in My Network Places (from XP/pro or 2000/pro or linux/Samba for that matter).
I have seen in the past, when running BROWSTAT STATUS that someone would bring in a laptop which then would become the master browser. That person would go away, and we'd have problems. In that case I'd flush that browser (BROWSTAT TICKLE transport WORKGROUP) which seemed to work. Then I'd change the registry settings on that laptop to prevent it from being the master browser.
I have also seen on linux boxes, that when they, in smb.conf, are set to be a preferred master browser, the windows boxes don't see each other.
Now something called LOCALHOST is the master browser and I can't find where it is. No one can see each other (except by searching by computer for the IP address).
When I run browstat status on a win2k box, it says that the master browser is LOCALHOST, but
"Could not connect to registry, error = 53
Unable to determine build of browser master: 53"
That box however does see all the computers on the network, including one called LOCALHOST, whose info says it is running SAMBA.
Any ideas on getting things back to normal?