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How can i see my networked computers on server 2008 domain??

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i have a server 2008 domain.  i cannot see any of the computers on my domain through the network sharing center.  i have started the computer browser service on the server.

i have multiple segments i.e. 192.168.2.x, 192.168.3.x, etc

how can i get to where i can see all my computers?
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by:SysExpert
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What does the DNS show ?

Can you see all the machines there ?

 I hope this helps !
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by:amoos
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DNS is fine.  i can see everything through DNS
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Can you acess the machines via

Start run
\\servername

or
\\IP-address

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by:amoos
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yes i can access them both ways.  it is just when i go to "my network places"  on xp or "the netweork sharing center" on windows 7, and then i try to browse the network from there is when i cannot see everything
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by:SysExpert
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Check the Local and Server Event logs for  errors first to try to see what piece is missing.

Did this ever work ?

What has changed ?

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ok i get a 8027 event ID stating that "The browser running on the Domain Controller has lost an election" and names a NAS we have as the master browser.  how do i change this so that my PDC is the master browser?
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by:amoos
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should these services be enabled on the network computers that are not the PDC?

SSDP discovery
File Replication Resource
computer browser
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I think so.
You said that the issue is with your NAS being the Master browser - Client machines should not be causing this.

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i was just making sure.  yes it is the NAS but i just looked at it and i do not see anything in it that would make it the master browser.  it is on the domain though.  is there anything i can do on the PDC to make it the master browser?
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Darius Ghassem earned 500 total points
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Go to this registry key to disable the domain master browser on your NAS.

Go to Program files, Admin tools, services then in the right panel right click on computer browser and right click go to properties then from the startup list select Disabled. Or type regedt32, and scroll to this key change value to False
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Browser\Parameters IsDomainMaster=FALSE

http://www.howtonetworking.com/Windows/computerbrowser.htm#Disable%20Master%20Browser%20in%20XP,%209X,%20W2k:

If you have multiple subnets you will need to have a WINS server setup for this to work across multiple subnets.
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Turn off Windows firewall in both server and clients, check.
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by:amoos
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the NAS we have is a seagate NAS so i cannot go and change the registry key.
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by:Darius Ghassem
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Something is connected to the NAS that is making the system to become the deafult browser but with multiple subnets you need to install WINS.
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See the 2 comments I posted. You can try using the

nbstat and browstat commands

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it was the NAS and the company we bought it from confirmed that it does take away the master browser role
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