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I cannot see the computers in Network Places

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I have a network with Server 2003 SE running the domain, Client computers run XP Pro or Vista Business.  When I look on the server for computers in network places, they show fine.  When I look on any of the client machines, I am told that "DOMAIN is not accessible.  You might not have permission to use this network resource.  Contact the administrator..."  If I look in the Active Directory, I can find everything.  I can access computers by using the Run command with \\(computername), but some software (Symantec) does not work without network placess access.  
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by:authen-tech
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"NetBIOS over TCP/IP" may be disabled. re-enable it...and in about 20min it should show up.

Also check that WINS is enabled.
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by:Bill7167
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NetBIOS over TCP/IP is enabled.  WINS is enabled
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Is your browser service running in SERVICES?

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Computer Browser is running
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Read through those other posts to see if they help and let me know.

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by:Bill7167
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I have enforced netbios, rebooted the server, checked windows firewall (not running), flushed the DNS, checked browser service running on both machines.

I do not know how to run dcdiag or netdiag on teh DC.  command not recognized.

I can ping computers by name or IP address.

Ran Browstat.  It says "Browsing is NOT active on domain.  Master browser name is held by: SERVER"

Did we get close here?
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by:Bill7167
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When I run browstat on the DC, I get a response that says browsing IS active on the domain for one transport and browsing is NOT active on the domain for  another transport.  Can this be related to the fact that I do have two NIC's in the DC?
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Yes...potentially; do you have NETBIOS enabled on ALL NICs?...on every server?
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by:Bill7167
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I have only one server.  It has two NICs.  The one that is NOT the IP for the domain has NetBIOS enabled and the WINS pointing to the other NIC.  The NIC that IS the IP for the domain has NetBIOS enabled and the WINS is empty.
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by:coolsport00
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Here is another post (many EE posts on here to choose from):
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Windows_Networking/Q_22464264.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+10+brows+enabl+network+place

One thing to mention is also make sure Network Connections service is running.
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by:Bill7167
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I have gone through what I can find with some success.

Clients are set for WINS Server.  I connot find the node type anymore.  Where is that?
All services are running
regsvr32 commands ran fine
Browcon gives the following:
Attempting to find the PDC/Domain Master Browser for domain: SIMPCOST.LOCAL

PDC/Domain Master Browser: not found

The domain master browser for the specified domain could not be found.

See report for details.

OF course, I could be usign this wrong.  The .ini file reads:
[browcon network profile]
[domains]
simpcost.local server 192.168.1.10
[wins]
192.168.1.10
[agents]
local_subnet localhost
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coolsport00 earned 500 total points
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OK, well, in some posts I've read through, the Master Browser is configured on the PDC Emulator server (DC). You have just a bit of conflicting information in your above posts...you say you've "checked browser service running on both machines", yet you also say you have "one server". Are the 'machines' you're referring to PCs? Is your server a DC? If so, check to see what Operations Masters are on it. Since it's the only one, you should have all on it. What you're specifically looking for is the PDC Emulator role:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc961939.aspx
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324801
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by:Bill7167
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I am not sure why, but everything is now fixed.  SOMEWHERE in all of what was done, it got fixed.  The two machines I was talking about were the server and the client.
THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Great...glad it's working, and thank you for the points!

Regards.
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