Stop XP workstations from trying to be MASTER BROWSER?
Posted on 2007-09-28
Recently I have experienced some workstations becoming master browsers. This began after I put them behind a firewall to prevent their network traffic from broadcasting on the primary LAN subnet (they are developing network code). I suspect that the firewall is blocking NetBios traffic in some form. Anyway, I have tried changing the registry key from Auto to FALSE for MaintainServerList on one workstation as a test. This stops the problem, but even though my WINS is running on two servers, browsing on those workstations becomes extremely slow - 10 secs to find the domain, another 10 to get the server list. I know users will not like this since they are used to fast browsing (35 users). Should I expect it to be this slow? Or is there some other config I need to check. WINS looks fine - is running and registrations are correct. BROWSTAT shows the PDC as MASTER and other servers as backups. Oh - I also tried shutting down the browser service instead of the registry change with identical results. Thanks --Dale