browser service on workstations on or off ?

Posted on 2006-05-09
Last Modified: 2010-03-19
This is the scenario:
I have 5 windows server 2003 servers, all of them domain controllers on the same domain. I have 1000 workstations out in the field..... My question is this:

1.) Do I need the browser service turned on at every workstation or will it be ok to leave the browser service turned off?

2.) The master browser on my network will not stay if the browser service is turned on at the workstation

Some have said leave the service on and some have said leave the service off.

Does it really matter? and if so why does it matter.....
Question by:wtcs
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    Expert Comment

    problems we experienced at work the browser on our 2k wrkstations ate up too much bandwidth slowing down the entire network, so we set up a login script to disable the browser on all computers
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    Accepted Solution

    Browser service is really not a critical service on workstation.
    Detailed info can be found here:

    As to your problem with the browser election, maybe this article can help you resolve this:

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