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Network of XP PCs with a single Win2K server.

Entering    browstat status    command on win2k server gives:

Status for domain REBOC on transport \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{F5BB7691-78A1-43A6-A178-1BDA52962EB5}
    Browsing is active on domain.
    Master browser name is: ???♠??
Could not connect to registry, error = 53        Unable to determine build of browser master: 53
   Unable to determine server information for browser master: 123
    1 backup servers retrieved from master ???♠??
        \\CONFERENCE_RM
    Unable to retrieve server list from ???♠??: 2351

I have TCP/IP over NetBIOS enabled. No WINS addresses under WINS.
Looking for an easy solution... Thx.
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Question by:PaulDesormeaux
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by:Jay_Jay70
ID: 17800181
looks like your master browser side of things is skewiff, you will need to specify one

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ Browser\Parameters

IsDomainMaster = No
MaintainServerList = No/Yes  <= your choice.

do this on one machine
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by:Fatal_Exception
ID: 17800368
Are you even running WINs here?  
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by:PaulDesormeaux
ID: 17805711
WINS is running.

Current Registry settings for   HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ Browser\Parameters =
  (Default) = value not set
   IsDomainMaster = False
   MaintainServerList = No

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by:PaulDesormeaux
ID: 17812221
All the XP PCs on the LAN have no hosts showing up in Network Neighborhood (NN).

Can I somehow turn off something on Win2K server so that the rest of the network can have working NNs?
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by:Fatal_Exception
ID: 17816160
Try flushing the Netbios cache:

nbtstat -RR

This also should reload the browser list....
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by:PaulDesormeaux
ID: 17816280
Nope:

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>browstat status

Status for domain REBOC on transport \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{DB3F3AE1-1060-4B09-8E6
F-B4320310E989}
    Browsing is NOT active on domain.
    Master name cannot be determined from GetAdapterStatus.

Status for domain REBOC on transport \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{F5BB7691-78A1-43A6-A17
8-1BDA52962EB5}
    Browsing is active on domain.
    Master browser name is: ???&#9824;??
Could not connect to registry, error = 53        Unable to determine build of br
owser master: 53
   Unable to determine server information for browser master: 123
    1 backup servers retrieved from master ???&#9824;??
        \\CONFERENCE_RM
    Unable to retrieve server list from ???&#9824;??: 2351

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>nbtstat -RR
    The NetBIOS names registered by this computer have been refreshed.

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>browstat status

Status for domain REBOC on transport \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{DB3F3AE1-1060-4B09-8E6
F-B4320310E989}
    Browsing is NOT active on domain.
    Master name cannot be determined from GetAdapterStatus.

Status for domain REBOC on transport \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{F5BB7691-78A1-43A6-A17
8-1BDA52962EB5}
    Browsing is active on domain.
    Master browser name is: ???&#9824;??
Could not connect to registry, error = 53        Unable to determine build of br
owser master: 53
   Unable to determine server information for browser master: 123
    1 backup servers retrieved from master ???&#9824;??
        \\CONFERENCE_RM
    Unable to retrieve server list from ???&#9824;??: 2351
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by:Fatal_Exception
ID: 17818214
It does not appear that your computer can see the master browser (WINs)..  ck the WINs server and make sure everything is working correctly and names are registering...  Any firewalls running on these?

Might want to read through this article..

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/135404
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by:PaulDesormeaux
ID: 17834876
Trying to avoid a whole lot of reading and messing around -but may have to do that real soon now...

As a test, I just rebooted the back server above (\\CONFERENCE_RM) along with the hub it is
connected to (to connect to the REBOC LAN). Now if I do a 'browstat status' I get:

Status for domain REBOC on transport \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{DB3F3AE1-1060-4B09-8E6
F-B4320310E989}
    Browsing is active on domain.
    Master browser name is: LACIEBACKUP1
Could not open key in registry, error = -1073741809        Unable to determine build of browser master: -1073741809
    \\\\LACIEBACKUP1  .  Version:04.09  Flags: 9a03 NT SERVER
    1 backup servers retrieved from master LACIEBACKUP1
        \\LACIEBACKUP1
    There are 2 servers in domain REBOC on transport \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{DB3F3AE1-1060-4B09-8E6F-B4320310E989}
    There are 1 domains in domain REBOC on transport \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{DB3F3AE1-1060-4B09-8E6F-B4320310E989}


Status for domain REBOC on transport \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{F5BB7691-78A1-43A6-A178-1BDA52962EB5}
    Browsing is active on domain.
    Master browser name is: JANE-PC
Could not open key in registry, error = 5        Unable to determine build of browser master: 5
    \\\\JANE-PC       .  Version:05.01  Flags: 51207 NT POTENTIAL MASTER
    2 backup servers retrieved from master JANE-PC
        \\JANE-PC
        \\NANCY2
    There are 17 servers in domain REBOC on transport \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{F5BB7691-78A1-43A6-A178-1BDA52962EB5}
    There are 2 domains in domain REBOC on transport \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{F5BB7691-78A1-43A6-A178-1BDA52962EB5}

And the Network Neighborhood is working okay now on all LAN PCs... Any idea why this 'fixed' it?

Thx.
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by:Fatal_Exception
ID: 17835637
Well, when you rebooted, you refreshed the cache..  this is the only thing I can think of right now..  :)
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