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Win2k Server as a Domain Controller

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Can you install a Win2k Server within a existing Windows NT Domain...setting the Win2k Server to act like a NT PDC or BDC without installing Active Directory or changing anything else within the Windows NT Domain? I just want to install the Win2k Server as if it was a NT Server..
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AFAIK it's possible to do this--you just need to set up the Active Directory on the 2K server to run only in compatibility mode. In fact, this is Microsoft's recommended procedure for updating a domain to Active Directory--you start by putting some 2K boxes on the system running in compatibility mode, then, when you get rid of the last NT4 domain controller, turn off compatibility mode on the 2K domain controllers.
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If you install a windows 2K server and make it a domain controller in an existing NT domain, it now becomes the PDC (assuming that it is the first W2K domain controller installed in the network and you are installing it into the existing NT domain).  It will not look like NT as it is Active Directory.  Yes it will function with NT as long as you are not running in Native mode, but you are running Active Directory on this server.  So I guess that the answer to your question is no, if you make a W2K server a domain controller it will run Active Directory.
You can install W2K server and have it join an NT domain as a member server.  
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So Native or Compatibility mode only affects the OS of the DC's and Server and not the Clients? So a win98 client can connect to a win2k server in native mode?
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As long as the domain supports NetBIOS.
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