Event ID: 8003  Source: Browser

Posted on 2010-08-30
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
I am receiving a ton of Event ID: 8003  Source: Browser logs on one of my DC's. What is the best way to fix it?
Question by:Greg27
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Expert Comment

ID: 33563518
Hello !

Make sure the client is on the same subnet as the DC.

Is this computer a laptop connecting to a home network ? If so, it could be master browser at home and still think it is at work, forcing an election.


Author Comment

ID: 33563617
It's a different subnet, but I have never had the problem before and I have been running it for about 8 years. This just started recently. All the computers are on a 2003/2008 mixed domain and after looking at a lot of them, they are all desktops.

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SylvainDrapeau earned 500 total points
ID: 33563723
Any changes in network hardware (switches) lately ? Some can filter out requests to the master browser, making the client thinks there is none, thus forcing an election.

I'm suprised to hear you ran the network like this for years and never had problems. Browser is by IP subnet which means it should never have worked or maybe I'm missing something here.

You can always disable the browser service on the client through GPO.

Go to Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> System Services -> set "Computer Browser" as disabled.

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Author Comment

ID: 33563769
Well, thinking about it, I might have had the problem once or twice, but I don't recall receiving anywhere near the number of logs relating to it and I don't think the source was "browser".

Is there any way, other than disabling the Computer Browser service? I occasionally have need to find computers on the network.

Expert Comment

ID: 33564426
You disable it only on workstations, that way, they can't request election. The servers still maintain the browse list.


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ID: 33676426
Thanks for the help!

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