Master Browser Issue PDC running Server 2003

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After Transfering master Roles to this serfer, I am getting a master browser error from about 10 computers
 "The master browser has received a server announcement from the computer AP00647 that believes that it is the master browser for the domain on transport NetBT_Tcpip_{4618B391-A8FC-41F7-B43F-4A8D4F3FF03D}. The master browser is stopping or an election is being forced.  |  Event: 8003  |  EventLog: system"

I have found several recommended solutions, but they only deal with the sysmtom, rather than the problem. Most sources recommend turning off the Browers service in each computer, there is also a Microsoft Hot fix which may be risky

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These "errors" are annoying but in fact are not a major problem.  What is happening is that the workstations in question are starting up and are refreshing their browse list.  Since they are not specifically excluded from becoming master browsers, it forces an election to find the master browser.  The server will always win the election, so there's no chance that one of the workstations will in fact become the master browser (which could cause browsing problems at some point).

You can do a couple of different things, depending on how you want to handle it:

1.  Disable the Computer Browser service on the workstations.
2.  Set the workstations so that they will not force an election when they start up. You can do this by setting the following registry entry:


    The value of this entry is mostly likely set to "Auto." Change it to "False." The next time the workstation restarts, it will not force an election.


Will this have a negative impact on the workstations?
Do they need the Computer Browser service to keep the server list current?
>>Will this have a negative impact on the workstations?


>>Do they need the Computer Browser service to keep the server list current?

No. Only the master browser (which is always a DC on an AD domain) and any backup master browsers (other DCs or servers on the network if needed) will provide a browse list to workstations.

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