Unable to browse worgroups on LAN

Posted on 2011-05-12
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I moved two non domain workstations (Workgroup computers) over to Vlan 909, modified the ip settings to work on this segment.  I was then able to browse the local workgroup and the 2 computers could see each other as well as the other members on this Vlan.  I then moved them back and switched the ip to dhcp and again am unable to browse the local Workgroup.

Could WINS be at issue here?
Question by:Phoenix43
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    Is Netbios over TCPIP enabled on your 2 computers. Maybe your dchp isn't sending NETBIOS settings. You can enable it manually on the two computers under your TCP/IP advance properties.

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    Its been on most of the units I have checked otherwise its been set to default.  I’ve tried changing this setting but it has made no difference.

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    The subnet you moved them to already has a Master Browser (and there can only be one) and it does not "know" about them.  There can be only one Master Browser per subnet and only one Domain Master Browser per Domain.  The subnet you moved them to temporarily probably had no Master Browsers at that time,..which allowed one of those two machines to be "elected" the Master Browser and it worked fine.

    Getting "Network Places" working as you want is almost a waste of time.  MS has been trying to ween people off of it for a long time (years).

    The machines will access each other just fine by using the format \\netbiosmachinename\sharename or by \\<FQDN>\sharename.  That is all that matters.   Workstations are supposed to just be that,...workstations,...they aren't supposed to share anything except in the most simplistic networks and very small situations, normal business networks all sharing is done at a File Server,...never Workstations which are just supposed to be only Clients.   Users are not supposed to be "browsing" each others machines if the LAN is anything more important than a home-user network.

    117633 - How browsing over a multi-subnet TCP/IP network works in a domain and in a workgroup;en-us;117633

    188305 - Troubleshooting the Microsoft Computer Browser Service;en-us;188305


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