WindowsXP connected with domain server2003 does not appear in Microsoft Windows Network

Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Network connectivity
Hello, Please help me out. I have 1 Domain, windows server 2003 is installed, while other 10 client computers having windows XP connected with the domain server above. But none of the system shows the other computers in the Microsoft Windows Network not even from doamin. While i can access all computers from run (and System Name). All computers can access the non restricted files from any client computers. While Settings are given below. Domain Server: IP Subnet Mask Default Gateway (which is another Client Computer having internet) Prefered DNS Server (which is our DSL IP address) Alternate DNS server . . . . And in Advance Settings all values are same. Client Computers: IP (up to ten) Subnet Mask Default gateway Prefered DNS server Alternate DNS server Please help me how can we appear all computers in microsoft windows network. Regards, Waqas

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is WINS installed on domain controller?


The first thing that you need to do is to setup the prefered DNS server of all machines including the server to be the server and remove the ISPs IP address from all machines DNS. If you only have one server then don’t use the backup DNS server setting.

Active directory uses DNS to do it’s lookups and with the server pointing to the ISP for DNS nothing is going to work correctly.

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  • Swhuffman96
    Also, are the computer accounts in good order in AD? Also, are the client PC shares using a valid user account in AD? File sharing also needs to be enabled on the PCs and access granted to those shares through security groups.
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  • Dlambeth
    There are many things it could be. Usually I check to make sure that the system that can't see the network is not multihomed (2 nic cards), this always causes browsing problems. Second, restart the "Computer Browser" service and check it again in 15 minutes, also check the event viewer to see if you are having a conflict with master browsers. WINS is not necessary if DNS is setup properly, but with WINS you are certain to be able to browse for computers on the domain. Use the event viewer, it will give you clues to the problem.
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  • Sarangkelkar
    I would also make sure that all the clients have Fully Qualified Domain Names (FQDNs). Hope this helps.
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