Mutliple Domains vs Multiple Subnets

Discussion in 'Server Networking' started by Andrew James, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. Andrew James

    Andrew James Guest

    Hi All,

    We are deploying Windows 2003 with Child domains in our WAN Environment,
    with each office owning a separate number of subnets, which are all linked
    back via a Private Link.

    Question is... we have found that we cannot browse to domains where there
    is not a master browser for that domain in our subnet. Example we cannot
    browse to one of our children domains unless we join a test PC to that
    domain, which then becomes the master browser and bingo.

    Sure this is a common question so any help appreciated, am thinking this is
    a WINS solution but am dubious to explore this, so any info appreciated.


    Andrew James, Nov 21, 2005
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  2. Doug Sherman [MVP], Nov 21, 2005
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  3. Andrew James

    Andrew James Guest


    Thought as much, do you know how this goes forwards WINS Wise for the
    future, as I thought WINS was being retired at some point?

    Thanks for your help.

    Andrew James, Nov 21, 2005
  4. There has always been a kind of love/hate relationship with browsing as
    distinguished from pure name resolution and file sharing. Since the advent
    of Active Directory, reliance on and interest in browsing has further
    declined. However, as far as I know WINS will remain a viable solution for
    browsing issues.

    Doug Sherman
    Doug Sherman [MVP], Nov 21, 2005
  5. Andrew James

    Bill Grant Guest

    Yes, WINS will be retired at some point, but so will the computer
    browser service. I wouldn't like to bet on which happens first.
    Bill Grant, Nov 22, 2005
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