PC is attempting to be the master browser instead of AD Domain Controller...

Posted on 2006-03-20
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
I have a at least one client PC running XP that is attempting to be the master browser for my domain, how do I prevent this using GPO?  And what GPO stuff do I need to set for the domain controller to make sure it's the default browser?
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    Right click my computer
    Left click "manage"
    Expand the "services and applications" tree
    Click on "services"
    Find "computer browser" and either disable or set to manual and stop service. Rebott and you should be good to go.
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    The above comment is to be done on the client machine.
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    try this:

    Check that you have NetBIOS enabled. For DHCP assigned IP-address, check option "Use NetBIOS setting from the DHCP server", and for static IP-adress "Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP".

    If this does not fix it,1) then you need force browser election. Like restarting all computers in workgroup.

    And make sure that Computer Browser-service is Enabled and Automatic in Services application.

    Computer Browser:
    Maintains an updated list of computers on the network and supplies this list to computers designated as browsers. If this service is stopped, this list will not be updated or maintained. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

    For server browser computerS:
    Start->Run: "regedit".

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Browser\Parameters\IsBrowseMaster registry subkey to "TRUE".

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Browser\Parameters\MaintainServerList registry subkey to "yes".

    By changing this setting to "yes," the computer becomes a preferred browser server.

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