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Windows XP Master Browser

I am trying to make a case to disable the Master Browser service on all user's computers in the network.  The question would be how much traffic can the master browser service can generate in a network where all of the systems are trying to announce being the master browser.
Would not be a better practice just to allow server to broadcast the master browser service?

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Fidoly.
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Hi Fidoly,
No workstation anywhere should be running the "Master Browser" function (as opposed to "Computer Browser".

The traffic generated can be voluminous and constant with 'Master Browser Elections' being forced by a number of network events.

At most, a Server should function as a 'Segment' Master Browser. or a Domain Controller for your network/Domain.

I've fought this battle several times, so post back if you have further questions.

Vic
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Vic,

This is what I see in the server event logs.  

"The master browser has received a server announcement from the computer SFOWXP205T that believes that it is the master browser for the domain on transport NetBT_Tcpip_{043D6E76-EC1E-. The master browser is stopping or an election is being forced."

There are multiple entries for workstations like this all over the log.  These systems are XP pro, and run the computer browser service.  Isn't that service what is producing the broadcasting?  

Thanks.
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Check this out:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/22135295/batch-file.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+browser.adm

The ADM should work like a charm, just import the ADM and apply that GPO to the OU with desktops and you should be good.
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Great & clean solution Vic.  Thank you!
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Thank you younghv, and all.
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Cool beans - I can't begin to count the number of times I've had to do that through the years.

Thank you for the points.

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