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Unable to Browse a Windows NT Server from a LAN Manager Client

Article ID: 105448

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1

This article was previously published under Q105448


When you browse a Windows NT workgroup or domain from an MS-DOS or OS/2 LAN Manager Networking Client, you may be unable to browse the list of available servers on the network. Additionally, if a mixed environment of LAN Manager 2.x and Windows NT servers are being used, the LAN Manager servers may be visible in the browse list, even when the Windows NT servers are not. When you use the LAN Manager browse command NET VIEW, you will receive the message "No entries in list." Under the Windows File Manager, the workgroup or domain will appear empty.


Windows NT has a configurable setting for the Server service, which enables LAN Manager 2.x Browser broadcasts. Because the MS-DOS Networking Client is LAN Manager-based software, this option needs to be enabled for the clients to browse any available Window NT servers. This option is not enabled by default.


For all client computers to browse correctly, the Browse Master for the domain or workgroup must have this option enabled. Because the Browse Master responsibilities can be taken on by any Windows NT computer in the workgroup, it is recommended that in an environment with LAN Manager clients, all Windows NT computers should have this option enabled.

Use the following procedure to enable LAN Manager broadcasts:

  1. In the Control Panel window, choose the Network icon.
  2. Under Installed Network Software, choose Server, and then choose the Configure button.
  3. In the Server configuration window, select the "Make Browser Broadcasts to LAN Manager 2.x Clients" check box.
  4. Choose OK to return to Network Settings and when prompted, restart your computer to activate the broadcasts.

For additional information on browsing and Windows NT, query on the following words in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

browse and windows and nt

Additional query words: prodnt

Keywords: kbnetwork KB105448