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    Configuring Master Browser in a P-to-P Network

    I have a small peer-to-peer network consisting of:

    My main computer (on most of the time)
    My "alternate" computer (on sometimes)
    My laptop (on seldom)
    My Wife's main computer (on most of the time)
    My wife's laptop (on sometimes)


    All of my computers are XP Pro, both of my wife's computers are Macs.
    We often share files between any given computer (and currently computer
    browsing/sharing is working perfectly).

    What is the best way to setup the Master Browser (both laptops would never
    need to be the MB) ?

    If I configure my computer to be the MB and the other ones not to be, if my
    computer is off will this interfere with seeing the other computers on the
    network (I assume yes)?

    How should I configure "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services
    \Browser\Parameters" "MaintainServerList" and "IsDomainMaster" setting.

    Should I just leave everything the way it is and ignore the event log
    errors, or is there a more efficient way to set this up?


    Currently I am getting these events logged (Computer2 can sometimes be
    Computer3, etc):

    Event ID 8021 Browser

    The browser was unable to retrieve a list of servers from the browser master
    \\COMPUTER2 on the network
    \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{404E201B-137A-3224-BB4B-4C4783755FCF}. The data is the
    error code.

    ----------------------

    Event ID 8003 MRXSMB
    The master browser has received a server announcement from the computer
    COMPUTER2 that believes that it is the master browser for the domain on
    transport NetBT_Tcpip_{404E201B-137A-322. The master browser is stopping or
    an election is being forced.

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    See if anything on http://www.chicagotech.net/browser.htm helps.

    Jerry

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    Thanks. This was all info I pretty much knew. Still not sure the best way to config this.

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    I would let Windows sort it out on it's own. If the master browser is absent the other computers will hold an election to find a new one.

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    I would let Windows sort it out on it's own. If the master browser is absent the other computers will hold an election to find a new one.

    cheers, Paul
    I agree with Paul T, let your Windows peering network do it all on its own. Unless you are experiencing usability errors that is? but I don't believe you are.

    When running a peering network like you are event log warnings are bound to occur, nature of the beast and can be safely ignored.

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