Funnies with Win2K professional RC2 install

Richard Sharpe sharpe at
Mon Nov 8 10:16:40 GMT 1999


well, this is most confusing.

I installed Win2K Professional RC2 on a machine, put it into a Workgroup
and then tried to browse the network.  It showed me the workgroup,
Sambanet, but would only show me the Win2000 machine in that network.  

I could search for other machines, and it would find my Samba server, but
would not allow me to browse the machine.  I have an ethereal trace of the
Win2K machine connecting and then disconnecting as soon as it got the
NetProt.  This went on for about a day as I intermittently looked at it.

I then changed my Samba server to using encrypted passwords, and was able
to browse the network, although I saw some delays that I have not yet check

I then switched back to non-encrypted passwords, and now, magically, I can
browse the whole network and can browse servers etc. I have rebooted to see
if there is any memory kept unless you reboot. 

Now, I would put this down to a one-off glitch, but since I am writing a
chapter about Win2k and Samba for a book on Samba, this has potential for
lots of nastyness.  If people encounter the same problems I did, then they
are not likely to believe the book.

So, what I am interested in knowing is: Has anyone else seen anything like
this with Win2K Rc2?  Does anyone know of any registry settings that might
affect the browsing behaviour etc.

Richard Sharpe, sharpe at, Master Linux Administrator :-),
Samba (Team member,, Ethereal (Team member,
Co-author, SAMS Teach Yourself Samba in 24 Hours
Author: First Australian 5-day, intensive, hands-on Linux SysAdmin course

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