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Windows 2008 r2 DC with windows XP Client, master browser RRS feed

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  • Dear all,

      I would like to ask about is there any issue come up with windows 2008 r2 dc and windows xp client for master browser? I heard that windows xp would seize the master browser role from the DC

    Thanks

    Best regards

    Elroy

    Thursday, June 13, 2013 3:42 PM

Answers

  • The winner of a browse master election process is based on operating system version and role. It's also based on each subnet. So if a Windows XP client is on a subnet by itself, then yes, it may become an MB if nothing else beats it. So if a Windows Server 2008 R2 DC is on subnet 192.168.50.0/24 and on subnet 192.168.30.0/24 there are only a bunch of Windows XP and 2000 computers, then the XP will win.

    If the DC is multihomed, then that will definitely throw a wrench into it.

    Going by memory, the following will win in this order, but I have to confirm it. It's one of the basics of MB functionality. And keep in mind, it's subnet specific.

    1. DC - PDC Emulator (no matter what OS)
    2. DC - Non-PDC Emulator (no matter what OS)
    3. Windows Server 2012
    4. Windows 8
    5. Windows Server 2008 R2
    6. Windows 7
    7. Windows Server 2008
    8. Windows Vista
    9. Windows Server 2003 R2
    10. Windows Server 2003
    11. Windows XP
    12. Windows Server 2000
    13. Windows 2000 Pro
    14. Windows NT 4.0
    15. Windows ME
    16. Windows 98
    17. Windows 95
    18. Windows 3.1
    19. DOS


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    Friday, June 14, 2013 7:03 AM

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  • Hello,

    there is no problem with Windows XP machines and Windows server 2008 R2. Where did you read this, please provide a link?


    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    MVP, MCP, MCTS
    Microsoft MVP - Directory Services
    My Blog: http://msmvps.com/blogs/mweber/

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    Friday, June 14, 2013 5:56 AM
  • Hi,

    Thanks for posting in Microsoft Technet Forums.

    I am trying to involve someone familiar with this topic to further look at this issue. There might be some time delay. Appreciate your patience.

    Thank you for your understanding and support.

    Regards.


    Vivian Wang
    TechNet Community Support

    Friday, June 14, 2013 6:31 AM
  • The winner of a browse master election process is based on operating system version and role. It's also based on each subnet. So if a Windows XP client is on a subnet by itself, then yes, it may become an MB if nothing else beats it. So if a Windows Server 2008 R2 DC is on subnet 192.168.50.0/24 and on subnet 192.168.30.0/24 there are only a bunch of Windows XP and 2000 computers, then the XP will win.

    If the DC is multihomed, then that will definitely throw a wrench into it.

    Going by memory, the following will win in this order, but I have to confirm it. It's one of the basics of MB functionality. And keep in mind, it's subnet specific.

    1. DC - PDC Emulator (no matter what OS)
    2. DC - Non-PDC Emulator (no matter what OS)
    3. Windows Server 2012
    4. Windows 8
    5. Windows Server 2008 R2
    6. Windows 7
    7. Windows Server 2008
    8. Windows Vista
    9. Windows Server 2003 R2
    10. Windows Server 2003
    11. Windows XP
    12. Windows Server 2000
    13. Windows 2000 Pro
    14. Windows NT 4.0
    15. Windows ME
    16. Windows 98
    17. Windows 95
    18. Windows 3.1
    19. DOS


    Ace Fekay
    MVP, MCT, MCITP/EA, MCTS Windows 2008/R2 & Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010 EA, MCSE & MCSA 2003/2000, MCSA Messaging 2003
    Microsoft Certified Trainer
    Microsoft MVP - Directory Services
    Technical Blogs & Videos: http://www.delawarecountycomputerconsulting.com/

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    Friday, June 14, 2013 7:03 AM
  • I forgot add in the list if a server is already an MB or a Backup MB, that will win over other servers. And if there is more than one DC with mixed OS versions, the later versions will win.

    Here's more info on the whole process. So if there are servers or newer operating systems than XP, then XP ain't got a chance to win it, unless the other OS' have MaintainServerList is set to No.

    How Computer Browser Service Works
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc737661(v=ws.10).aspx#w2k3tr_netbro_how_oqjp

    Specifying Browser Computers
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc959923.aspx


    Ace Fekay
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    Microsoft Certified Trainer
    Microsoft MVP - Directory Services
    Technical Blogs & Videos: http://www.delawarecountycomputerconsulting.com/

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    Friday, June 14, 2013 4:05 PM
  • I heard from someone information. Since I can't get any information to prove it which makes me to raise a question here. Thanks your help
    Saturday, June 15, 2013 4:48 PM
  • Glad you've asked to verify it.

    I can tell you that I had a problem with a 3rd party device that did take over the MB role. It was a Seagate BlackArmor drive. It kept winning the election and causing problems. I looked around and found other people were having the same problem with the device, and there are no settings in the device to disable it from participating in the browse list. To fix it, I had to put it on a separate subnet all by itself so it can win it's own election all by itself.

    Late edit: The following link is where the BlackArmor drive was discussed. You also must be aware that other third party services and apps can participate with the browser functions, such as SAMBA, but not all may work correctly.

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverNIS/thread/12276e3d-30c2-427e-89b2-2fadc52c5d92

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    If you need help to troubleshoot the browser service, here are some good links:

    Troubleshooting the Browser Service
    http://blogs.msmvps.com/acefekay/2012/10/01/troubleshooting-the-browser-service/

    Troubleshooting the Microsoft Browser Services:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/188305

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    MVP, MCT, MCITP/EA, MCTS Windows 2008/R2 & Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010 EA, MCSE & MCSA 2003/2000, MCSA Messaging 2003
    Microsoft Certified Trainer
    Microsoft MVP - Directory Services
    Technical Blogs & Videos: http://www.delawarecountycomputerconsulting.com/

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    • Edited by Ace Fekay [MCT] Saturday, June 15, 2013 8:56 PM See "Late Ediat" above
    Saturday, June 15, 2013 8:50 PM
  • Thanks for all of your reply, I will check for more information. Thanks
    Sunday, June 16, 2013 6:07 AM