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RE: workgroup
From: "David Gillett" <gillettdavid () fhda edu>
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2003 11:30:03 -0800

Sorry I forgot to mention, we don't use DHCP and never 
will.  Everything is static.

  DHCP is actually useful for more than just address assignment.
It's the admin's friend.  Don't write it off too quickly, just
because you've decided to assign addresses statically.

Maybe I didn't make myself clear enough. Let me try again.
When joe brings his computer to work, his computer will 
most likely have a
different workgroup setup like say, joehome.
So when I browse the network neighborhood, I see the 
workgroup joehome.
Then If I go into joehome, I will see joe.
But, what I'm trying to say is that, if I see the workgroup 
joehome, and try
to access it, it times out or get some error message.
How can I see what computer name is in that workgroup.  Without the
computer name I can't do a nbtstat command to get the Ip address.
I hope this is more helpful.

  Do you run WINS?  (And a WINS proxy to pick up hosts that are set
to use broadcast instead....)  I'm pretty sure that the workgroup name
will get registered there, with an IP address.

  Failing that, the NT Server Resource Kit included a couple of useful
tools for monitoring/troubleshooting "master browser" issues.  (This is
the network service that populates Network Neighborhood.)
  I no longer recall the specific tool names, but at least one of them
would show you the current master browser(s) for each domain or workgroup.
If there's only one machine in a workgroup, it's not going to get much
competition in a browser election....

David Gillett

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