How do I force a browser election?

John J. LeMay Jr. jlemay at
Fri Sep 17 20:01:39 GMT 1999

With the help of the resource kit util "browstat" (browstst.exe) like so:

browstat elect <transport> <domain>

"Transport" is normally NetBT for NetBIOS over TCP/IP. To determine your
transport use:

net config rdr

Transport is displayed on line marked "Workstation active on" and in the

Transport_NIC (mac address of adapter)

on my station this looks like:

Workstation active on                NetBT_CpqNF31 (00805FBED7A4)

Where the transport is NetBT, the nic is CpqNF31, and my mac address is
displayed in parantheses. (sp?)

Hope this helps!

John J. LeMay Jr.

On Sat, 18 Sep 1999, Steve Litt wrote:

> I can force a browser election with the Win98 command:
> net view /workgroup:workgroupname
> However, that does not work on NT (and I haven't tried it on W95). What I'd
> really like is a command from the Linux command line to force the election.
> I've looked everywhere and can't find it. For my purposes having preferred
> master=yes and restarting Samba is not an option.
> Does anyone know how to force a browser election from the Linux command line?
> Does anyone know how to force a browser election from the NT command line?
> Thanks
> Steve
> Steve Litt
> Webmaster, Troubleshooters.Com
> slitt at

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