PROBLEMGFI LanGuard is failing to retrieve the computers within a workgroup when using the Enumerate Computers feature.
- GFI LanGuard
- All Supported Environments
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 command line:
NBTSTAT –A %ServerIP%
%ServerIP%with the IP address of the Server you are checking. For example
NBTSTAT –A 192.168.1.100
To determine if the server has been promoted as a Master Browser, verify the
..__MSBROWSE__string appears in the names list when executing the command above
- The browstat status command (utility provided by Microsoft in the Resource Utility kit) 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.
CAUSEThe 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, to 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 at: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/188001