NetBIOS network places not all the pc's are there???

Discussion in 'Server Networking' started by mathew dalton, Dec 20, 2005.

  1. Here is what I got. One Domain, 2 dc’s, 6-8 member servers, 50-75
    workstations, xp & 2000 sp4. I am using Symantec 10.00, trying to push to an
    update to each client pc. I thought there must be more PC's then I am
    seeing. I use the Symantec tool "find computer" "audit network†there it
    shows PC's that have NOT gotten the update from 8.00 to version 10.00. I do
    a print screen and then go to "client remote install†it uses the "my network
    places" from the windows OS. I don’t see these PC's with (by NetBIOS name)
    in the list of PC's under my Domain. There are PC's there just NOT the ones
    I am looking for. I go start, run, \\pcname, I see it's shares. I look in
    DNS I see the name and IP, \\ I see the shares. I look in AD,
    the computers are there, they are not in the default OU "computer" BUT others
    are in other “OUâ€â€˜s that I can see in “my network places†so, that can’t be
    it. WHY AREN'T THESE PCS IN MY NETWORK PLACES? They all use the same DHCP
    server getting the same info...
    Please help!!! If I can't push the updates remotely, then I have to go out
    and TRY to find each PC and run the updates.
    mathew dalton, Dec 20, 2005
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  2. mathew dalton

    Bill Grant Guest

    The computer browser service does not use DNS or AD. It is an NT legacy
    app and uses Netbios names.

    The browser service is described in KB188001 and there is a troubleshooter
    in KB188305 .
    Bill Grant, Dec 22, 2005
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  3. Can I assume machines are on the same subnet? If not, then without WINS
    or lmhosts you won't have a complete list. Browsing relies on NetBIOS so
    if you have NetBIOS disabled on any machine it won't show up in the list.
    you have windows personal firewall enabled or any other personal firewall
    enabled, or router blocking NetBIOS the list will be incomplete.
    Michael Giorgio - MS MVP, Dec 22, 2005
  4. They are all on the same subnet, we are using WINS and it is listed in DHCP.
    I looked in my WIN database and don’t see the PCs I am looking for there
    either. So I will now go to a PC and see it is a XP firewall causing my
    issue. How would you disable NetBIOS for a windows PC? I am not aware of a
    service to disable. I dont believe that there any enties in my "LMhost"
    mathew dalton, Dec 22, 2005
  5. Go into tcp/ip properties / advanced / WINS and you'll
    see the NetBIOS over tcp/ip setting.
    Michael Giorgio - MS MVP, Dec 22, 2005
  6. Thanks! I went to two of the PCs on my list; both W2Kstations and both have
    the same error when tiring to browse the network "cant access list of
    servers". But lucky for me I am the "Server Guy" and the "PC Guy" will work
    mathew dalton, Dec 22, 2005
  7. Well good luck and let us know what the problem was if you
    Michael Giorgio - MS MVP, Jan 10, 2006
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