Solved How to find the Master Browser

Microsoft Windows server 2008 r2 standar...
March 13, 2013 at 13:10:13
Specs: Windows Server 2008
In a Windows Workgroup (mix of WinXP & Win7), is there a way to determine from any machine, which machine is currently acting as the Master Browser?

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#1
March 13, 2013 at 13:12:47
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download the browstat utility
http://networking.nitecruzr.net/200...

It will be one of the win7 machines.
Rule is newest OS, then longest time up, then name of the computer with name starting closest to the letter A being chosen.
AA will win over AB for name.

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#2
March 13, 2013 at 14:26:18
Thanks, that answes my question!

Apparently BROWSTAT is in the (free) "Windows Support Tools" packages from Microsoft but, sadly, not included with Windows.

Out of curiosity, is there a way to find the browser using only what was supplied with Windows? (I know NBTSTAT will tell you if you *are* the master browser).


In my case, there is one machine running Linux (Debian, I think) and (not supprisingly i guess) that machine is the Master Browser. Lately, it's been having issues and leaving the network without a Master Browser (so machines in the workgroup are still accessable but trying to list them gives an error). For some reason, no other (Windows) machine on the network sees this and initiates an election of (or appoints itself as) a new Master Browser, which I think is what's supposed to happen. Any ideas why?

When this happens, can I use BROWSTAT to force the election of a new browser? Would it be reasonable/prudent to use BROWSTAT now, pre-emtively to force a new master browser (ie one of the Win7 machines)? Or would it just quickly go back to being the Linux machine?

Thanks, again.



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#3
March 13, 2013 at 14:55:43
event viewer logs will also tell you. look for the entry of "an election is taking place between host A and host B .... blah blah."

Don't waste your time trying to "force" anything concerning the master browser. Its a waste of time and you won't accomplish anything. You should set the linux box to not be a master browser.

To "force" the issue you have to find the reg entries "domain master - yes/no or true/false or auto. Set to true what you want and set the rest to false or no. Both entries work.

You did see the link to the browstat download in my first post?

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