network browser not always working, why?


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Using this example:

Control Panel->System->Computer Name->Full Computer Name is mypc
Workgroup is MYWG

I can open \\mypc if I do Start->Run and put in \\mypc

Q1). However if I do this from another computer on the network then it might
or might not work. What would cause this to not work?

We have DHCP running from our server, but DNS is not running on our
server (does this matter)? Our DHCP configures our clients to have the
DNS server of our ISP. The gateway for clients is configured by DHCP to
be our router's IP address (10.0.0.138). Our router has dhcp relay
enabled, to send dhcp requests to our server (windows 2003 server
computer).

When I setup the DHCP it has an IP range (10.0.0.1 to 10.0.0.254) and
exclusions (10.0.0.24, 10.0.0.150, 10.0.0.200, 10.0.0.50). The exclusions
are IPs which are configured as static on that computer. 10.0.0.150 and
10.0.0.200 are static because they are our servers. 10.0.0.50 is the
computer that has our printer connected. 10.0.0.24 is a printer.

Q2) I hope this is correct to put the static IPs in the DHCP exclusion list
(the alternative would be to set them up as DHCP reservations).

I've posted this in win2000.advanced_server because I couldn't find a
winxp.server newsgroup (is there one?), however the concept should be fairly
similar.

Jevan.
 
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PeterD

Using this example:

Control Panel->System->Computer Name->Full Computer Name is mypc
Workgroup is MYWG

I can open \\mypc if I do Start->Run and put in \\mypc

Q1). However if I do this from another computer on the network then it might
or might not work. What would cause this to not work?

We have DHCP running from our server, but DNS is not running on our
server (does this matter)?

Yes, without DNS each workstation won't know who or what MYPC is.
Our DHCP configures our clients to have the
DNS server of our ISP.

Setup your own DNS, then have your DNS forward unresolved requests to
the ISP's DNS. Have DHCP update the DNS records dynamically.
 

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