Replace workgroup master browser 2003 with 2008 server
Posted on 2013-06-05
I recently replaced a 2003 server on a WORKGROUP of mostly XP Pro machines with a 2008 R2 Standard server. The old 2003 server was the master browser for the WORKGROUP but the new 2008 server will not take over. I tried forcing an election with BROWSTAT but nothing happens.
The new 2008 server has the same name and same IP address as the old 2003 server. How can I force an election and force the 2008 server to be the master browser? I don't want my users to loose the ability to find this, the only file server, or any other machine on the WORKGROUP.
I have enabled file and print sharing on the 2008 server and turned on the computer browsing service, setting it to 'Automatic' startup.
When I run a BROWSTAT status I get:
"Browsing is NOT active on domain."
"Master name caoont be determined from GetAdapterStatus."