Computers Not Visible In Workgroup

Computers Not Visible In Workgroup

Post by WC1yYXkgRG » Thu, 13 Oct 2005 08:13:03

I've had 5 to 6 computers all running Windows XP Pro networked in a peer to
peer environment for quite some time. Everything worked great. Lately, I've
run into problems where all of the computers aren't present when you click on
my network places or click on view workgroup. Here is an example of what I
mean. Computer 1 can see 2 & 3. 2 can see 2 & 3, but not 1. 3 can see 3 &
2, but not 1. No computer can see 4. 4 can't see anyone. Here are some

1. All computers are turned on.
2. All computers have the same workgroup.
3. All computers get their IPs from a DHCP router except one. That
computer has a static IP and subnet in the appropriate range. (Only the
last octet is unique in the IP.)
4. All computers have file and printer sharing enabled.
5. All computers have the Windows SP2 Firewall enabled with exceptions to
"File and Printer Sharing".
6. All computers have shared folders.
7. I can access the shared folders on all computers in both directions by
using "Run" \\Computer Name\Folder Name
8. The node types for all computers are either "unknown" or "broadcast".

The only other facts that might be worth mentioning are the physical
connections in my network. My network hardware consists of a 4 port router,
3 switches and 1 hub. The hub uplinks to one of the swiches. Each switch is
then connected directly to one of the router ports. Does anyone know how to
fix my network so that all computers will show up in my network places or in
view workgroup? This mysterious glitch has really got me stumped. Thanks.

Computers Not Visible In Workgroup

Post by Chuc » Thu, 13 Oct 2005 15:11:03

On Tue, 11 Oct 2005 16:13:03 -0700, X-ray Doc

You have a browser conflict, and I'm not talking about Internet Explorer.
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Check for misconfigured / overlooked firewalls, and for registry setting
restrictanonymous, on each computer.
Misconfigured / overlooked firewalls:
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Registry setting restrictanonymous:
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If no help yet, provide "browstat status" and "ipconfig /all" from each
computer, and we'll diagnose the problem. Read this article, and linked
articles, and follow instructions precisely:
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Please let us know if any of these suggestions are of any help. What you learn
may help others in the future, and that's the purpose of these forums.

Chuck, MS-MVP [Windows - Networking]
Paranoia is not a problem, when it's a normal response from experience.
My email is AT DOT
actual address pchuck mvps org.