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I brought up a problem with this a while back, but my problem has come back, with no resolution.  

Here is my basic domain network config:

(1) Windows 2003 Ent. Domain Controller only controlling 1 domain
(1) Windows 2003 Ent. Term Server
(1) Windows 2003 Ent. hosting SQL
Active Directory Integration

Now, here's the issue.  Every machine on my domain can browse the network using "My Network Places" EXCEPT the domain controller itself.  I found out about this, because Symantec can send out a broadcast for virus updates or remote installs.  

I AM running AD but nothing special with GP or anything.   This network at my location, is just your basic authenication to AD.  No proxy or anything.

Any help or idea?
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by:beaconlightboy
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is your domain controller running DNS?  if not, are it's DNS entries correct?
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Domain controller is running Internal DNS.  I see no problems in my records
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Is your computer browsing service starting ok?
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Yes, on startup, and is running
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so, any other idea?
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has this always been the case?  did you install any service packs recently?
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by:chrisryhal
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It has not always been the case.  If I go to "My Network Places" it does show the Domain name, however, there is nothing below that.  Its like I can't browse any of the machines on my network.  Every other server/client works fine
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if it has not always been the case, then something caused it to happen.  do you know at about what time the problem started?  and do you have sp1 installed?
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also, can you run net commands? for instance map a drive to another share from your DC.
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On the DC I have mapped drives to other machines
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i'm not sure when your problem started but there have been instances when service packs have caused this problem, hence the reason why i ask about sp1 as there are known issues with sp1 and network connectivity.
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This problem started before I applied latest service pack.  It has malfunctioned other things, such as remote deployment for Anti-Virus, Group Policies are not working correctly, and other other NETWORK dependant variants.  Active Directory is not replicating now to second domain controller either.  It is oviously something network based.  I am considering just calling Microsoft.  Like you said, it could be many things.
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sounds like it could be a damaged DNS record.  All the problems you are having seem to stem from records that could be missing in DNS for some reason.  im not sure how complicated your DNS setup is, but you may want to try removing it and re-installing and configuring it.
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I don't know what the issue was, but I reinstalled DNS after removing, degraded my DC to another machine, reinstalled and all is well.  Your recommendation was correct, although, it was not my perfered method.  Oh well, 2 hours of reinstalling, saved me 245.00 from MS.  

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