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Multi VLAN and Netbios over TCP/IP

    Question

  • Hi all,

    My network consists of two domain controllers running Windows 2008 (Windows 2008 AD Services) and all the client computers are running Windows XP. All the machines are member of the 2008 AD domain. Each and every department PC’s in its own VLAN and Inter VLAN routing configured in the Cisco 3560 Switch.

    My problem is, when users open “my network place” and try to get the list of computers under the Domain they can only see the PC’s that are belongs to their own VLAN. They can’t see the PC’s in the remote VLAN. They can browse any PC’s by using the UNC Path in the run command. Other than this everything is working and there is no connectivity issue.

    Windows XP personal firewall is disabled and there is no NBT traffic block list or policies or access list configured in the Switch. NetBios over TCP/IP enabled in the switch.

    If I want to propagate the entire computer list Via My Network Place what would be the configuration I have to do in the network??

     Windows Browser service can be work on Multi VLAN networks??

    If I install the WINS service on one of my 2008 DC will solve the problem?? If that, how can I configure WINS in the Windows 2008 DC??

    Please help???

     

    Cheers,

    AFRAZ

    Monday, April 13, 2009 1:54 PM

Answers

  •    Yes, you need WINS to browse a routed network. The computer browser service uses broadcasts, and these are blocked by routers. WINS allows the browse masters to communicate across the routers using direct connections (using IP addresses obtained from WINS).

       Just install WINS on the DC and configure all machines as WINS clients. 
    Bill
    • Marked as answer by maafraz Wednesday, April 15, 2009 5:44 AM
    Tuesday, April 14, 2009 10:52 AM
  • Thanks bills,

    It works fine, also I have done the configuration change in the 2008 DC that act as a PDC emulator. I mean in 2008 DC's computer browser service is disabled by default, I started the computer browser service and made the startup type as automatic. After few seconds it was start to propagate all the list of computers.

    This link really helped to me overcome this issue

    http://blogs.technet.com/networking/archive/2008/07/25/netbios-browsing-across-subnets-may-fail-after-upgrading-to-windows-server-2008.aspx



    Cheers
    AFRAZ
    • Marked as answer by maafraz Wednesday, April 15, 2009 5:44 AM
    Wednesday, April 15, 2009 5:43 AM

All replies

  •    Yes, you need WINS to browse a routed network. The computer browser service uses broadcasts, and these are blocked by routers. WINS allows the browse masters to communicate across the routers using direct connections (using IP addresses obtained from WINS).

       Just install WINS on the DC and configure all machines as WINS clients. 
    Bill
    • Marked as answer by maafraz Wednesday, April 15, 2009 5:44 AM
    Tuesday, April 14, 2009 10:52 AM
  • Thanks bills,

    It works fine, also I have done the configuration change in the 2008 DC that act as a PDC emulator. I mean in 2008 DC's computer browser service is disabled by default, I started the computer browser service and made the startup type as automatic. After few seconds it was start to propagate all the list of computers.

    This link really helped to me overcome this issue

    http://blogs.technet.com/networking/archive/2008/07/25/netbios-browsing-across-subnets-may-fail-after-upgrading-to-windows-server-2008.aspx



    Cheers
    AFRAZ
    • Marked as answer by maafraz Wednesday, April 15, 2009 5:44 AM
    Wednesday, April 15, 2009 5:43 AM
  • Nice, was looking for the same solution :-)
    Wednesday, October 27, 2010 12:04 PM
  • Thanks Dude ...

     

    resolved my issue  .. i was facing this from last two months.


    Manoj Godiyal System Admin TechMahindra Ltd India.
    Monday, May 02, 2011 8:25 AM