Deleting empty workgroup from network


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Chris

This one has seemed to stump me....I had a client come in
to my office and he needed to get online so I let him plug
into my network and pick up an IP addy from the DHCP
server, which is actually our router.

He got online no problem but now his workgroup is showing
in my Windows Network window, even though he's not there
and there's no member's machine there....how can I delete
that empty workgroup icon.

Has anybody encountered this same problem...and been able
to fix it....by the way we're running 4 XP Pro machines
and 2 98 machines on a single peer to peer workgroup, and
my boss' partner has a small domain setup in his own
office with 3 machines, that are by themselves but just
use our router as their gateway....

That domain also shows up in the Windows Network window,
but I know why that one does....any help would be very
much appreciated....Thanks

Chris
 
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Chuck

This one has seemed to stump me....I had a client come in
to my office and he needed to get online so I let him plug
into my network and pick up an IP addy from the DHCP
server, which is actually our router.

He got online no problem but now his workgroup is showing
in my Windows Network window, even though he's not there
and there's no member's machine there....how can I delete
that empty workgroup icon.

Has anybody encountered this same problem...and been able
to fix it....by the way we're running 4 XP Pro machines
and 2 98 machines on a single peer to peer workgroup, and
my boss' partner has a small domain setup in his own
office with 3 machines, that are by themselves but just
use our router as their gateway....

That domain also shows up in the Windows Network window,
but I know why that one does....any help would be very
much appreciated....Thanks

Chris

Chris,

The empty workgroup will go away on its own, but, depending upon the browser
subsystem on your LAN, may take a while.

If you're in a hurry, restarting the browsers will move things along.

The Microsoft Browstat program will show us what browsers you have in your
domain / workgroup, at any time.
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=188305

You can download Browstat from either:
<http://www.dynawell.com/reskit/microsoft/win2000/browstat.zip>
<http://rescomp.stanford.edu/staff/manual/rcc/tools/browstat.zip>

Browstat is very small (40K), and needs no install. Just unzip the downloaded
file, copy browstat.exe to any folder in the Path, and run it from a command
window.

For more information about the browser subsystem (very intricate), see:
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=188001
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=188305
<http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winntas/deploy/prodspecs/ntbrowse.mspx>

Cheers,
Chuck
Paranoia comes from experience - and is not necessarily a bad thing.
 
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Hans-Georg Michna

This one has seemed to stump me....I had a client come in
to my office and he needed to get online so I let him plug
into my network and pick up an IP addy from the DHCP
server, which is actually our router.

He got online no problem but now his workgroup is showing
in my Windows Network window, even though he's not there
and there's no member's machine there....how can I delete
that empty workgroup icon.

Has anybody encountered this same problem...and been able
to fix it....by the way we're running 4 XP Pro machines
and 2 98 machines on a single peer to peer workgroup, and
my boss' partner has a small domain setup in his own
office with 3 machines, that are by themselves but just
use our router as their gateway....

That domain also shows up in the Windows Network window,
but I know why that one does....any help would be very
much appreciated....Thanks

Chris,

you already got good advice. In my experience it can take a few
weeks until the shares disappear on their own.

But you can also simply delete them.

If the workgroup itself still shows up, that should disappear
much more rapidly, usually within 15 minutes when the computer
browser service works correctly (which it rarely does).

Give it another reboot.

Hans-Georg
 

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