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Why can't I see one of my domains in the browse list?

I was wondering if you could be so kind as to help me figure out my situation. I have two mixed mode domains, each on their own subnet, connected via Cisco VPN. I've setup DNS and established trusts so I can now explicitly browse single machines' shares in either domain. My question is, how do I get the ability to be able to browse the other domain? The opposite domain doesn't show up in 'entire network' or 'directory'. How do I get it to do this? I must be missing something small.

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When you connect via the VPN, your machine is assigned an IP address. This address is more than likely in the subnet where you can view the servers in My Network Places. This means you've connected to the subnet master browser in that subnet. You should get a browse list that contains both domains.

Try this. Add an LMHOSTS entry for the PDC Emulator in the domain you can't see in the browse list. Sample line: 192.168.1.100 BigDog #PRE #DOM:domain_name

Run nbtstat -R to flush and reload the cache. Run nbtstat -c to check that the cache has the new entry.

Make your VPN connection and see what happens to the browse list. Run Browmon (from the Resource Kit) at the client and point it at the domain you're able to browse then the domain you can't. Tell me what happens!

This was first published in September 2001

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