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Windows 7 networking and the master browser


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#1 250gibson

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 06:32 PM

I have a small office network consisting of:

Computer 1: Windows 7 Pro (Trend)
Computer 2: Windows 7 Pro (Trend) Shared printer
Computer 3: Windows 7 Pro (McAfee)
Computer 4: XP Pro (McAfee)

What is happening is that when computer 3 is acting as the master browser no other computers can see any of the computers in the workgroup. They can connect to the shares via \\COMPUTER NAME\SHARE, however they cannot see others. There is no problems with printer sharing ever.

When computer 1 or 3 are acting as the master browser, there is no problems seeing the other computers in the workgroup. Computer 4 never acts as the master browser, because as I understand, windows 7 trumps XP in this regard (nor do I want it to have master browser status as it is a laptop).

Also, this may be unrelated or not, but when Computer 1 is started up, all problems disappear. I assume it is the "overal" master browser and if computer 3 is acting as the master browser, computer 1 takes over and all others can see.

How do I fix this so all computers can see all others regardless of which one is acting as the master browser. I think this is related to how the McAfee firewall is set up on Computer 3. All of the computers are awake and asleep at various times of day.

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 08:45 PM

Master browser designation...IME...is merely the first computer on the network to actually start/be booted. I have two systems and the first one to connect is deemed to be the master browser. If I boot the other system first, I get Event Viewer errors re the master browser...but that does not affect connectivity between the two systems at all. The following may be helpful:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc959896.aspx

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/how-to-xp-share-fix,review-215-7.html

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