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I've seen a couple of threads for the same issue, but none of them seems to answer my question.

One months ago I set up a new Win 2008 standard server. This is the only DC in the network.
There are about 50 clients with Win XP Pro.

All PC:s have joined the domain, and are visible in the ADUAC. Everything works fine except that no one seems to be able to browse the network. Not even the administrator beeing logged in the server. The only thing I can see under "Network" in explorer, is the Netgear NAS device (which by design can not be assigned to the domain or receive any policy settings).

I think there must be some setting in GPO preventing browsing but I am unable to find it.

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Darius Ghassem earned 2000 total points
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You need to make sure your Computer Browser service is started on the Windows 2008 Server make sure you have NetBios over TCP\IP enabled.

http://www.ditii.com/2008/07/29/windows-server-2008-netbios-browsing-across-subnets-fail-issue/
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by:ProtechCT
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Can you Ping the Clients by IP Address?

Is DNS running on the DC?

Check Windows firewall on the clients.
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by:Martin_Radbo
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I was so sure that comp browser service was running that I did not even checked it. But it was disabled on the server.

I supposse it will take a while for all computers to be "registered" in the browser service now, but hopefully this is the only thing needed. I will wait and see.
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Maybe a reboot even if they don't elect againist the server as well. Make sure Netbios over TCP\IP is enabled since this is disable as well by default
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by:faolchu
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i had a 2003 serve do this recently.  it was a memebr server in my domain and could ping etc to the domain but couldnt browse to any network resource, couldn't map drives nothing. I just removed it from the domain, then removed the account from ADUAC and then joind the server back to the domain and it all worked fine after taht.
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