Why XP Pro cannot browse the domain?
Posted on 2007-10-01
I have Windows 2003 server as domain controller (svr_dc) at head office.
I have XP Pro workstation (wk_xp) at remote office connected through tunnel.
I alse have another standalone Windows 2000 server (svr_outsider) which physically connects to remote network, but not logically in myDomain.
Usually wk_xp is able to browse My Network places->Entire Network->Microsoft Windows Network->myDomain->all servers and workstations in myDomain.
But once in a while, wk_xp is unable to browse myDomain: domain is not accessible.
At this moment, svr_outsider is unable to see myDomain entry at all at My Network places->Entire Network->Microsoft Windows Network.
I check and make sure:
1. network connctivity is ok
2. tunnel between remote and head office is ok
3. 'Computer Browser' service is started.
I restarted wk_xp and it can see myDomain and its members; svr_outsider can see myDomain and its members too. I did not have a chance to compare what services are running before and after reboot. So I just ask the lazy question here.
Q#1. What service is necessary to browse its own domain?
Q#2. What causes the service to stop? It started automatically.
Q#3. Any simple way to keep the service started all the time? A batch? A scheduled task?