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ReadyNAS MasterBrowser conflict after SBS reboot

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Hi,
We have an SBS 2003 Standard Edition server with a Netgear ReadyNAS 2100 attached via the network. I was having Master Browser conflicts happening every hour or so, until I found and ran "ToggleMasterBrowser" to turn off the Master Browser on the ReadyNAS.
This works fine, until the SBS server reboots. Then the conflict arises again every hour.
I have to run ToggleMasterBrowser twice to fix it, once to turn it back on and then again to turn it back off. Then all is fine again until the server has to be rebooted.
Does anyone know what I am overlooking here?
Cheers,
Greg
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by:gaurav05
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Hi,

please make sure the computer browser services is enabled on SBS as
following:

1. On SBS, open Services.msc
2. Find Computer Browser service
3. Enable it.

For more detailed infromation, you may refer to the following KB articles:

843517 A workstation may become the master browser instead of a Windows
Server
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=843517

188001 Description of the Microsoft Computer Browser Service
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=188001

150800 Domain Browsing with TCP/IP and LMHOSTS Files
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=150800

102878 Information on Browser Operation
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=102878

Hope the information help and I look forward to your reply.
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by:gregmiller4it
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Computer Browser Servie is set to Auto and is Started.

It is weird, because the Master Browser in the readyNAS device is disabled, yet if the SBS is restarted then we start getting messages saying that an election is being forced. This happens about every hour until I toggle the ReadyNAS Master Browser on and off again. Then it is all fine again until the next reboot.

It is very annoying becasue all of a sudden I get about two dozen errors in the daily SBS status report.

Any further clues?
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Just to add another interesting note to this issue. If I do a power reset on the ReadyNAS, it is the same as toggling the MAster Browser off & on. So, for a controlled shutdown, if I shutdown the NAS box and restart it after the SBS box comes back on, the issue does not occur. It only occurs if the SBS box is restarted without restarting the NAS device.
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by:gregmiller4it
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There doesn't seem to be much more help out there on this issue. It may be that this is a design issue or a known situation...but I have not been able to confirm that either. Now at least I have a good handle on the problem, which I guess is more of an annoyance than a real issue.
I'll leave this up for a little bit longer and see if anybody else jumps in, otherwise I will close it and not award points to anyone.
Cheers,
Greg
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by:gregmiller4it
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It seems that I am not going to get any further response to this question, so I will close it and award myself the points.
Best soplution: if the Server has to be restarted, restart the NAS box as well (after the server).
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