We have several vlans in our network all of which have their own switch.
I was told that the switch can pass broadcast packets within it's own vlan but not across and to another vlan. The reason I'm asking is that I have an application on a windows 2008 r2 server that needs to use the computer browser service to look for other machines on the network. It can find other machines but only on it's own vlan. I can go to windows explorer and type in \\machine name\ and get to the specific machine but this application does not work that way.
If I put in all of the vlan ip ranges in the application it still will only find those workstations in the same vlan as the server.
I'm thinking this is because of the way the network switches are configured.
Can anyone shed some light for me on how switches on vlans works?