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No names in the WINS Database

Since upgrading most of my users to new computers with XP SP2 the usernames, \\user_name[03h] don't show up in my wins database any more.  I can't do a net send to a user (jsmith.) I get an error, "The message alias could not be found on the network."
Is there something in the firewall that blocks the username from registering?  All my W2K users are still there.

Thanks,
-rob
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Hi culver23,

here is how to write your own lmhosts file
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314108

I dont know what would stop this, make sure netbios is enabled on the machines, and disable windows firewall

Cheers!
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victornegriCommented:
Don't know if this is the same for all  Win XP computers (haven't verified this): The [03h] entry in WINS is created by the computer's Messenger Service. I just did a fresh install of Windows XP SP2 on a computer and noticed that the Messenger Service has been disabled by default. Try enabling the Messenger service and see if the WINS entries appear. (BTW, Windows 2000: The Messenger Service is set to "Auto" which may be why you're still seeing them)
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culver23Author Commented:
Netbios is enabled and I disabled the firewall on my machine.  I waited about 16 hours and I still don't see my name...

What is the reason for me to write my own lmhosts file?

Thanks,
-rob
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victornegriCommented:
Did you enable the Messenger service?
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culver23Author Commented:
Bingo!  Thanks for the answer.
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