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Win2k Server with exchange 2k and Win95 any known issues?

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Hi All

I have a NT4 server running exchange 5.5, and I have around 130 clients on different windows platforms win95 being the majority.

If I upgrade my server to Win2k and exchange 2k are my 95 machines going to have any problems or any known issues that can be fixed?

Thanks

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There are a couple of things you need to be sure to do.  You must run WINS.   You also should run DHCP and DNS, DHCP will dynamically update DNS with your clients.  Set all your workstations for DHCP, that way you can propogate out your WINS server address.  You may also want to use the registry hack on the Win9x machines to turn the master browser election process off.  That way your server will always be the master browser.  Lastly, make sure you are running NetBIOS over TCP/IP.

The main thing you need to know is AD is dependent on DNS to work properly, if DNS is not working AD will not work properly.  Having said that, Win95 is dependent on WINS to find resources and is not designed around DNS like Win2k or XP.  Upgrade those workstations whenever your budget allows.  Until you do you will not be able to use Group Policies, you will still have to use a main.pol file on a network share.
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thanks mate, I think that is just what I needed to hear. We are looking to upgrade, we are waiting for the go ahead, but in the mean time I think we will change the servers.

Thanks again
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If you are going to do the servers.  Make sure you look into Migration Tools for Exchange.  Also, take your PDC offline and promote your BDC.  Then perform an inplace upgrade on the PDC.  Bring it back online in mixed mode.  Sometimes mistake is made to fdisk PDC, not a good idea.

Thanks, glad I could help.
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