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Windows 95 Can Share the Windows NT Domain Browse List
Article ID: 148527 - View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q148527
The Windows 95 browser service has the capability to act as a subnet master browser for a domain, in a routed TCP/IP network. This effectively means that a Windows 95 computer can behave like a Windows NT computer in that it will share the local subnet browse list with the Windows NT Domain Master Browser (DMB). Note the Windows NT DMB is also the Primary Domain Controller (PDC).
The behavior of the Windows 95 browser service is almost exactly the same as in Windows NT 3.5, 3.51, and Windows for Workgroups 3.11 (using TCP/IP- 32b and the updated redirector files from NT Server 3.51 compact disc).
When a Windows 95 computer is elected to become master browser on the network segment, it will contact the Domain Master Browser every 12 to 15 minutes to share browse lists.
During this transaction, Windows 95 will request the domain browse list from the DMB, which includes the list of computers in the local domain as well as the list of other domains. The DMB will then request the "local segment browse list" that the Windows 95 computer has compiled, and then merge it with the domain list.
Thus, the Windows 95 machine will have a compiled domain browse list (local list & DMB list), and the DMB will always have a complete domain-wide browse list of all remote segments that have "domain members"
NOTE: in this context, a "domain member" is an Windows NT machine that has joined the domain, or any Microsoft network client which is part of a workgroup (name) that is identical to the domain (name).
The requirements for this functionality are:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/150800/EN-US/ )(still to be written) Domain Browsing with TCP/IP and LMHOSTS Files.