Windows 2003 Server DNS Networking Question / Issue

Posted on 2007-09-28
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I have a windows 2003 server that when I run "net view" on it doesn't show any other computers on the network. However if I ping those computers by name then I can ping them and even ping them by their IP adddresses.

I checked the server's settings compared to another server's network settings and everything is matching.

Could there at all be something misconfigured on the ROUTER/GATEWAY that would prevent this particular server from seeing all the computers through "net view"?

And if I run "net view \\computer" from the server, it shows. But if I just run "net view" and enter then it says "There are no entries in the list.". This networking issue seems to be affecting our ability to use symantec to discover remote workstations on the LAn for pushing out installations, too.
Question by:jqsolara
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    Accepted Solution

    net view is a netbios function.
    Is there a master browser on the subnet the missing servers are on?
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    Assisted Solution

    Is your server behind any kind of firewalls, routers, VLANs or anything that could prevent NetBIOS broadcast packets to travel on the network?
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    Assisted Solution

    Any router is going to block the NETBIOS broadcasts preventing tou from seeing anything on the other side of the router. If you must use NETBIOS features across routers/subnets (Active Directiory does not need it) you need to install and configure WINS
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    Expert Comment

    KCTS, i agree with you man about install WINS server..    and setup that do your dhcp server so all user get  wins put on their ip..  

    Author Comment

    I'm not sure. On all of our other servers they can see systems fine but do not have WINS enabled.

    This error however I am continuing to receive in the DNS Event Viewer:

    Event Type:      Error
    Event Source:      DNS
    Event Category:      None
    Event ID:      4015
    Date:            10/1/2007
    Time:            9:10:38 PM
    User:            N/A
    Computer:      MUSKOGEESRV
    The DNS server has encountered a critical error from the Active Directory. Check that the Active Directory is functioning properly. The extended error debug information (which may be empty) is "". The event data contains the error.

    For more information, see Help and Support Center at
    0000: 51 00 00 00               Q...    

    I Tried uninstalling and reinstalling DNS on the server but it didn't seem to fix the issue, just keep getting that same message in event viewer
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    Expert Comment

    where ever you installed the DNS/DHCP/ also install WINS into that server..   and when you are assigning Static IP to the server, just make sure that you go to the WINS area and put in the IP address of the server you installed WINS from. hope that help
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    Expert Comment

    It sounds like you recreated the AD integrated DNS zone. So, try restarting the netlogon service.

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    Expert Comment

    How goes the battle?

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