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Some PCs can access the Internet, but not the network

Some PC clients in my network can't browse the network (they can't see the other computers), but they can ping IPs or surf the Internet smoothly. If I try releasing and renewing their IP addresses (by "ipconfig /release" and "ipconfig /renew" commands), everything is OK again (they can see the other computer). How can I solve this problem? I think it's a DHCP issue but I don't know how to deal with it. My network has about 200 PCs running Windows 2000 Professional and their IPs are assigned by one DHCP server running Win2000 server.

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This is most likely a NetBIOS Master Browser problem. If you are running pure Windows 2000 systems, I suggest migrating the domain into native mode from mixed mode. In native mode, only Windows 2000 systems can participate in the network and all systems are forced to use just Active Directory instead of falling back onto NetBIOS. Also, this could be an issue that is resolved by applying the latest service pack.

This was first published in January 2003

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