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Browsing Problems - NetBIOS

Posted on 2008-06-19
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We have a small network and lots of browsing/sharing (NetBIOS?) problems. We have:

> No dns server, no wins server.
> W2003 server with Citrix Access Essentials, accessed from pcs on lan and also external wan users.
> Linux server with intranet application accessed from pcs on lan.
> Novell server with old dos-fox application accessed from pcs on lan.
> 14 pcs (4 win98 / 10 WinXP), all in same workgroup, with Netware Client, NWLink IPX, NWLink NetBIOS, tcp/ip and NetBIOS over tcp/ip enabled. Static ips and dns addresses are obtained from a router, which is also used for internet access. All pcs have a hosts file with only linux server ip. None of them have lmhosts file.
 
All XP pcs have Registry Keys: IsDomainMaster=False, MantainServerList=No. These settings apparently avoid Master Browser election conflicts (error events 8003, 8009 and 8019 dissapeared from Event Viewer), but browsing is still slow and frecuently shared drives or printers can't be accessed. This issues became more frecuent when we started upgrading win98 pcs to XP.  
Would lmhosts files or a wins server help? Could this be a problem caused by mixing ipx/tcpip?  
I need some advice on better way to go, considering that soon (hope) we'll be upgrading all old win98 pcs to XP, and also novell server will no longer be operative.
Thanks in advance!
Mirta
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How do you expect browsing to work when you explicitly disable the master browser functionality? In a solely broadcast based network, browser elections are quite normal.
Undo all the changes you did to the browser settings, install a WINS server (through Add/Remove Windows Components) on your server and let your machines point to it.
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Master Browser functionality was disabled only in XP pcs, so a win98 pc is master browser now. Browsing was much worse before doing this.  I'll install wins server on w2003 this weekend.
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I installed wins server, it works fine.
Thanks.
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