Troubleshooting the Microsoft Computer Browser Service
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 188305 - While there is no centralized method to determine if the browse list across the WAN is complete, there are techniques to determine if the servers on a particular segment are represented in the browse list on a remote segment.
techniques can be applied on all segments throughout the WAN.
But the results of these tests can change due to the roles of
the servers changing when browser elections occur. Only if all
the servers in a domain throughout the WAN are completely
static, and no servers come online or offline, will the results
of these tests have meaning over time
Browse List Problems When File and Print Sharing Is Not Installed
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 254527 - Under the following conditions, you may experience one or more of the following
symptoms: When you double-click My Network Places in
Windows 2000, an incomplete browse list may be displayed OR
Computers that do not have File and Print Sharing enabled do not
appear in the browse list OR If a Windows 2000 domain controller
has File and Print Sharing disabled, Windows 2000-based
computers that try to use the browse list receive the following
Event ID 8032 error message: The browser
service has failed to retrieve the backup list too many times on
backup browser is stopping
Client Cannot Find New System When NetBIOS Name Is Removed and Reregistered
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 262963 - The NetBIOS functionality enables client computers to register more than one NetBIOS name. If the NetBIOS name is unregistered by one system, and then registered by another system, the Windows 2000-based client does not find the new system
that registered the name if the Windows 2000-based client has
already resolved the NetBIOS name.
Error Message: The Browser Was Unable to Retrieve a List of Domains From the Browser Master...
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 227419 - In a complete workgroup environment, you may receive the following error message in Event
Viewer: The browser was unable to retrieve
a list of domains from the browser master \\server on the
network \Device\Nbf_device number. The data is the error
Error Message: Unable to Browse the Selected Domain Because the Following Error Occurred...
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 257942 - When you are trying to add users from a Windows 2000-based domain to an access control list (ACL) or group on a Windows NT 4.0-based system, the list of users may not be enumerated and you may receive the following error
message: Unable to browse the selected
domain because the following error occurred: Access is denied.
Malicious User Can Shut Down Computer Browser Service
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 262694 - Microsoft has identified a vulnerability in the computer browser protocol ResetBrowser frame that could allow a malicious user to shut down a computer browser on the same subnet, or shut down all of the computers browsers on the same
Multihomed Issues with Windows NT
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 181774 - Adding additional network interface cards in a computer running Windows NT Server requires that several issues be considered. To better manage these issues and to increase the reliability of mission critical systems, a reduction in
services that are running on the system should be considered.
Many of the services running on a mission-critical computer such
as the primary domain controller can be off-loaded to other
computer to increase reliability.
NetBIOS Browse List May Not Contain all Domains in a Windows 2000 Environment
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 280374 - When two or more Microsoft Windows 2000 domains cross multiple subnets, a NetBIOS browse list may be absent one of the
Slow Computer Browsing from Multihomed Clients
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 288801 - With certain multihomed or multiple-transport configurations, computer browsing can be slow. This behavior may be