GFI LanGuard is failing to retrieve the computers within a workgroup when using the Enumerate Computers feature.
The enumeration of computers fails because no computer wins the browser service election.
- When running Windows in a peer-to-peer workgroup, one system is responsible for creating and keeping a list of all computers in the workgroup that have resources to share and display that list in My Network Places.
- This computer is called the Master Browser (or Preferred Master Browser) and it reaches its role by winning the browser service election.
- Further information on the election process can be found on this Microsoft article: A workstation may become the master browser instead of a Windows Server 2003-based member server
Ensure that the GFI LanGuard machine is the Master Browser:
- To check if the server has been promoted as Master Browser server, run the following command from the command line:
NBTSTAT –A %ServerIP%Replace
%ServerIP%with the IP address of the server you are checking.
NBTSTAT –A 192.168.1.100
- To determine if the server has been promoted as a Master Browser, verify if the
..__MSBROWSE__string appears in the names list when executing the command above.
browstat statuscommand is a utility provided by Microsoft in the Resource Utility kit that can also be used to determine the currently selected Master Browser server and if browsing is active or not.
- On Windows Server 2008 or newer, the Computer Browser Service is disabled by default.