Computer name missing in the browsing list when server comment more than 48 characters

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SYMPTOMS

When the server comment is greater than 48 characters, the server name may disappear from the browsing list. The server comment may be set by typing the following command at an MS-DOS command prompt:
net config server /srvcomment:"text"
NOTE: This command does not allow you to specify a srvcomment greater than 48 characters. Nevertheless, the problem may exist if the srvcomment size is greater than 48 characters when it is set directly in the registry (HKLM\System\CCS\Service\LanmanServer\Parameters).

RESOLUTION

To resolve this problem, make sure that the length of the server comment (srvcomment) is not greater than 48 characters.

MORE INFORMATION

The 48-character limitation of srvcomment is a design limitation.
When this symptom occurs, the browsing mechanism seems to work fine from a network capture point of view. The Host Announcement and Local Master Announcement are done normally. The full srvcomment is sent inside the network datagram (even if the length of srvcomment is greater than 48 characters). However, this kind of datagram is discarded by the master browser.
For more information about how to type a comment in the Description box of the Network Identification properties of a Windows 2000-based computer, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
243166 How to type a comment in the description box of a Windows 2000-based computer's Network Identification properties
For more information about a related issue in Windows Server 2003, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
932762 The Service Host process may stop unexpectedly in Windows Server 2003

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Article ID: 231312 - Last Review: February 27, 2007 - Revision: 3.4
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition for Itanium-Based Systems
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