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Meaning of SV_TYPE_POTENTIAL_BROWSER in NetEnum API

Hi.

I compiled and executed this code with my server:
www.cultdeadcow.com/tools/nete/nete.cpp
Compiled also available here:
www.cultdeadcow.com/tools/nete.html

I scanned my server and I got some computername or username (not sure what with this type):
Type: SV_TYPE_POTENTIAL_BROWSER

What does SV_TYPE_POTENTIAL_BROWSER means?

Please explain!
Thanks from now!
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CSecurityAuthor Commented:
MSDN says about it's meaning: "Server that can run the browser service" or "Server running a browser service"

What does it mean? If I see some computernames when I executed nete.exe with this type, EXACTLY! what does it means?

Thanks from now!
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jkrCommented:
Well it pretty much means what MSDN calls it "Server that can run the Browser service". It can, but it does not have to. See also http://support.microsoft.com/kb/188001 ("Description of the Microsoft Computer Browser Service"):

"Microsoft Active Directory services in Windows 2000 and Windows XP replace the computer browser service used in earlier versions of Windows to provide the network basic input/output system (NetBIOS) name resolution. The browser service in Windows 2000 is provided for backwards compatibility with client computers that are running earlier versions of Windows. "
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CSecurityAuthor Commented:
Please tell me in a easy words, I see for example Hostname: ABC Hostname: DEF Hostname:FGH

And type of them ALL of them is POTENTIAL_BROWSER!

What does it mean about computername ABC, DEF, FGH?

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CSecurityAuthor Commented:
By the way, I have PPTP server running as VPN server, some computers logins to my server with VPN connection, if I see a computername as POTENTIAL_BROWSER, computernames with this type means people who successfully logged in my VPN server?
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jkrCommented:
It does not mean anything about the name. In older (i.e. non-AD networks) one machine will run the browser service, most (that is all NT-based ones) can...
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CSecurityAuthor Commented:
I want to know why I see a lot of people's computername in my server. My server runs Windows Server 2003.

I see POTENTIAL_BROWSER type, WORKSTATION_SERVER type and lots of computernames, what does them mean? As I said I run a VPN server in my server and people successfully logs in it, is it possible we call list of computernames I got is name of computers successfully logged in my server?

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jkrCommented:
You'll see all the VPN clients and all the other computers in your LAN. As I wrote earlier, almost any machine can run the browser service, thus they're listed as potential browsers...
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CSecurityAuthor Commented:
When I enumerate it, I get list of CURRENT logged in people or people who logged in once and not necessarily present currently?
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jkrCommented:
That would be odd - what is your code at the moment?
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