This article was previously published under Q231312
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).
To resolve this problem, make sure that the length of the server comment (srvcomment) is not greater than 48 characters.
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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