Cannot browse network computer list
Posted on 2006-10-19
Im having a problem with a domain controller whereby it cannot browse the list of computers on the network. If I open My Network Places, Entire Network, Microsoft Windows Network, <domain name> it lists absolutely nothing. There is no problem with other computers on the network browsing the list and seeing it. There is no problem with other computers on the network connecting to it's file shares or SQL Server. On the domain controller I can type in \\<computer name> and it will show a list of all shares on that computer so it doesnt have problems seeing other computers when they specifically requested.
The problem with this is that my backup software (Backup Exec) cannot "see" the list of computers on the network now so I cannot edit or create new backup jobs that include remote machines.
Does anyone know what causes Windows to "go blind" like this?
Couple of things Ive tried with no success.
Network Connection Repair
And it's not a configuration problem because this worked fine up until two days ago and no changes have been made to the network configuration on it.
Ive had this same problem on Windows XP PCs and either had to reboot the machine or release and renew it's IP address. This isnt really a reliable option on a server obviously, so Im trying to find a root cause to keep it from happening in the first place rather just a way to fix it when it does happen.