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Browsing network shares in Network Places is inconsistent.

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.
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kevinhsiehCommented:
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.  
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ApexadminAuthor Commented:
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.
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ApexadminAuthor Commented:
Also, firewall settings are set to allow through doimain and WINS service.
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kevinhsiehCommented:
Does the WINNS database show all of your computers?
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ApexadminAuthor Commented:
Yes, I can see all of them.
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Darius GhassemCommented:
Does all of the clients have Computer Browser service started?

WINS is showing all of your client computers?
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ApexadminAuthor Commented:
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.
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ApexadminAuthor Commented:
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.
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ApexadminAuthor Commented:
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
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ApexadminAuthor Commented:
Microsoft fixed the issue.
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