Master browser issue...

I have a laptop on a small Win2003 SBS domain..... When saving data to the server it fails to write the data to the share. I noticed that it looks like my Laptop thinks it is  the master browser  ( With a lot of great help from venom96737 and star_trek ) and events on the server verify that:

vent Type:      Error
Event Source:      MRxSmb
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      8003
Date:            4/17/2006
Time:            11:23:21 AM
User:            N/A
Computer:      NAT-LAW-1
The master browser has received a server announcement from the computer COBLENS that believes that it is the master browser for the domain on transport NetBT_Tcpip_{0D0B8B4A-0BD1-42C3-9. The master browser is stopping or an election is being forced.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
0000: 00 00 00 00 03 00 4e 00   ......N.
0008: 00 00 00 00 43 1f 00 c0   ....C..À
0010: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ........
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ........
0020: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ........

So I set the registry entry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Browser\Parameters\Maintainseverlist from TRUE to NO ( is NO correct or should it be FALSE ). and verified that the servers entry was TRUE.

My question is under the servers entry in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Browser\Parameters\isDomainMaster should that be FALSE as it is or should it be TRUE?

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Here's my canned answer on master browser issues:

See here:

The second link, click on the link for "How computer browser service works"

cut/paste of some of the text:

Browser elections occur to select a new master browse server under the following circumstances:

• When a computer cannot locate a master browse server.
• When a preferred master browse server comes online.
• When a Windows-based domain controller starts.
• When a back-up browse server cannot contact the master browse server to obtain updates to the browse list.

Browser Election Criteria

Election Criteria Value Windows Election Field
Windows 98
Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000
Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000 Server
Election version
Version-specific criteria
WINS system
Preferred master
Running master
MaintainServerList = Yes
Running backup browse server
***My question is under the servers entry in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Browser\Parameters\isDomainMaster should that be FALSE as it is or should it be TRUE?

It shoudl be set to TRUE if you want that server to be the domain master browser.  Every other server should be set to false.
Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
XP Has forced a browser election

Usually the above gets logged on the domain controller it will aslso give you the name of the offending machine.

GO to the client machine and

Start > run > regedit {enter}
Navigate to

Modify the MaintainServerList and/or the IsDomainMaster key to a value explained here:

MaintainServerList No This PC will not participate as a browser.

Make sure the following DOES NOT exist

IsDomainMaster True Designate this PC as the preferred master browser.
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rcoblensAuthor Commented:
Alrighty, I did so I will see how it goes.

This should not effect my VPN connect when going remote correct?

Also to make absolutely sure: the laptop entry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Browser\Parameters\Maintainseverlist  ( is NO correct or should it be FALSE )
MaintainServerList should be set to either YES or NO.  If set to NO, then the server will not be a browselist server.

It will not effect VPN.

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