Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Windows Computer Browser

SkyHi @ Tuesday, September 01, 2009
MRxSmb - " The master browser has received a server announcement from
the computer computer1 that believes that it is the master browser for the domain on transport NetBT_Tcpip_{A610E23D-5C0A-45BF-80A.
The master browser is stopping or an election is being forced. "

Default Description:

Maintains an updated list of computers on the network and supplies this list to computers designated as browsers. If this service is stopped, this list will not be updated or maintained. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.
Additional Information:

Computer Browser service maintains a listing of computers and resources located on the network. This service is not required on a standalone system. In fact, even if you want to browse the network (workgroup or domain) or have mapped network shares as local hard drives, you can still do so. On a large network, one computer is designated the "master" browser and another one is the "backup" browser. All others just announce they are available every 12 minutes to "take over" duties if one of the other computers fail. No lag time is discernable if this service remains disabled on all but one computer. Honestly, I do not even believe one needs to be running. You could, "just in case," but it sure does not need to be running on all computers, all of the time.
Additional Reading:

None at this time.
Discussion Topic Link:

Windows XP Services Forum
Defaults Startup Type:

Default XP Home: Automatic (Not Started)
Default XP MCE 2005: Automatic (Not Started)
Default XP Pro: Automatic (Not Started)
Default XP Tablet PC 2005: Automatic (Not Started)
Other Settings:

Safe Setting: Automatic
Service Names:

Service Name (registry): Browser

Display Name: Computer Browser
Default Path and Command Line Options:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Log On As:

Account: Local System Account

What service Computer Browser needs to function properly:

* Server (H, M. P, T)
* Workstation (H, M, P, T)

What other service require Computer Browser to function properly:

* None (H, M, P, T)

Reference: http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/Services/Computer_Browser.htm