win98 dialup to winNT domain

Posted on 2003-02-20
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Last Modified: 2010-03-19
In the office we have a NT server which has user accounts for the staff.
The desktops (& laptops in docking stations) run either win2000/XP or win98. All the desktops start with a windows logon box asking for username,password,domain.

When operating out of the office from laptops, a win2000 user can dial the office using dialup networking, as you would for the internet etc - and when the connection is established it automatically logs them onto the domain and runs their logon script (which maps drives etc).

However, the win98 laptops do not seem to be communicating with the domain - after they have connected via dialup they do not have the mapped drives, ie the logon script is not running. I'm guessing the win98 machine is not logging onto the domain.

How do i setup the win98 machine so that it is authorised by the domain and runs the logon script? When connected to the office LAN the win98 machine works fine on the domain.

Question by:rog2054
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Expert Comment

ID: 7988507
What you need to do is ask the users to "log off" their profiles first before dialling into the network.

When they boot there machines they should "cancel" through the domain logon box.

When they dial up now they should get the logon box and be able to dial in... bear in mind though that scripts may cause problems or in extreme cases hinder anyone trying to logon, simply because it may time out if the drives cannot map.

If this doesnt work goto "properties" of there dial up connection within dial up networking and make sure "logon to network" is enabled under protocols.

Hope this helps.

Author Comment

ID: 7995895
Logon to network is ticked - first thing i checked :)

At the windows domain logon, after a restart (ie not loading from hibernate or anything like that) i pressed escape to skip the logon.

Then i dialled up, but it didnt run the script.

Using same dialup number, username, password as when done from the win2000 laptop.

I presume they are the steps you suggested trying - any other ideas?


Accepted Solution

smevans earned 260 total points
ID: 7998070
Within the script itself there could be variables which only apply to NT/2000 based machines ?  If you run these on Win 9x there is a possibility that the script wont run.

One thing you could do for a test is copy the script (the batch file) to your local machine and run it manually to see if the script itself works on 98 ?

Let me know how you get on with this.
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Author Comment

ID: 7998559
When the win98 laptop is connected to the LAN, ie in the office, the script runs fine at logon.

Would running the script manually after the dialup connection is established have the required end result? Because this is an acceptable compromise if it is the only way.


Expert Comment

ID: 8002705
Oh yes most definatly...

Author Comment

ID: 8017209
Will run the script manually after the dialup link is established.

Thanks for your suggestions.

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