Solved

Browsing network shares in Network Places is inconsistent.

Posted on 2011-09-28
10
228 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Certain people are not able to browse the network for a handful of servers and PCs. It seems to be a sporadic issue. It does not appear to matter which version of windows we are on. I have 7, others have vista or XP and we all can’t see a few servers and other various computers. There are different VLANs, not all are on the same VLAN. They are all joined to the domain and have antivirus and firewalls are disabled.

My setup is:
Windows 7 with up to date forefront with firewall turned off. We can access them by using a direct path (i.e. //servername/path). This has happened in the past but it seemed to go away.
0
Comment
Question by:Apexadmin
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 7
  • 2
10 Comments
 
LVL 42

Expert Comment

by:kevinhsieh
ID: 36718188
Browsing the network for servers is archaic and doesn't scale well. Try it on a networks with hundreds or thousands of computers. The browse list is compiled via network broadcasts, which stop at the VLAN border. You should always be able to connect to \\servername, even if it doesn't appear in your browse list. If you really want to be able to browse to everything, you need to install and configure WINS in your environment.  
0
 

Author Comment

by:Apexadmin
ID: 36718403
I'm sorry, we have WINS running on a virtual Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise. The entry for the server I'm testing out is correct.
0
 

Author Comment

by:Apexadmin
ID: 36718435
Also, firewall settings are set to allow through doimain and WINS service.
0
Industry Leaders: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

 
LVL 42

Expert Comment

by:kevinhsieh
ID: 36718635
Does the WINNS database show all of your computers?
0
 

Author Comment

by:Apexadmin
ID: 36718643
Yes, I can see all of them.
0
 
LVL 59

Expert Comment

by:Darius Ghassem
ID: 36718853
Does all of the clients have Computer Browser service started?

WINS is showing all of your client computers?
0
 

Author Comment

by:Apexadmin
ID: 36719129
It's showing the server that I can't access from the PC I'm trying to access from. As far as all the computers connected, I'm not sure but I'd be willing to bet it's 90%

And yes the Computer Browser service is started.
0
 

Author Comment

by:Apexadmin
ID: 36933453
Had to call Microsoft in on this one. The issue was solved by created registry key for isdomainmaster , maintainserverlist on the PDC role server because multiple computers were attempting to become the domain master and the election wasn't working properly.
0
 

Accepted Solution

by:
Apexadmin earned 0 total points
ID: 36933477
Had to call Microsoft in on this one. The issue was solved by created registry key for isdomainmaster , maintainserverlist on the PDC role server because multiple computers were attempting to become the domain master and the election wasn't working properly.

Create the below mentioned registry key on the master server

Under the

HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Browser\Parameters

Create a key for  MaintainServerList –  set the value to yes

Create a key for IsDomainMaster -  set the value to true

Now on the backup server, create the below mentioned registry key

Under the

HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Browser\Parameters

Create a key for  MaintainServerList –  set the value to yes

Create a key for IsDomainMaster -  set the value to false


You can reference this article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc767893.aspx
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:Apexadmin
ID: 36954310
Microsoft fixed the issue.
0

Featured Post

Use Case: Protecting a Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure

Microsoft Azure is rapidly becoming the norm in dynamic IT environments. This document describes the challenges that organizations face when protecting data in a hybrid cloud IT environment and presents a use case to demonstrate how Acronis Backup protects all data.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

I've always wanted to allow a user to have a printer no matter where they login. The steps below will show you how to achieve just that. In this Article I'll show how to deploy printers automatically with group policy and then using security fil…
Configuring network clients can be a chore, especially if there are a large number of them or a lot of itinerant users.  DHCP dynamically manages this process, much to the relief of users and administrators alike!
Nobody understands Phishing better than an anti-spam company. That’s why we are providing Phishing Awareness Training to our customers. According to a report by Verizon, only 3% of targeted users report malicious emails to management. With compan…
The Email Laundry PDF encryption service allows companies to send confidential encrypted  emails to anybody. The PDF document can also contain attachments that are embedded in the encrypted PDF. The password is randomly generated by The Email Laundr…

752 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question