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Control Network Browser Elections (Windows NT/2000/XP) Popular

A browser election is a normal network occurrence and provides a means to guarantee there is never more than one master browser present in a domain or workgroup.

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Open your registry and find the key below.

To control which computer is the Domain Master Browser, create a new string value, or modify the existing value, named "IsDomainMaster" and set the value to equal either "Yes", "No" or "Auto".

To prevent an NT Workstation or Server (non-PDC) from acting as a browser, create a new string value, or modify the existing value, named "MaintainServerList" and set it "No", the other options are "Yes", "No" or "Auto".

Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Note: These values may also be standard boolean values in the form "True/False" or "0/1".

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|IsDomainMasterREG_SZ"Yes"|
|MaintainServerListREG_SZ"Auto"|
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|HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Browser...|
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Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Browser\Parameters]
Value Name: IsDomainMaster, MaintainServerList
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)

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Last modified: May 16, 2002