Windows 98 clients can't login when first DC is down.
Posted on 2003-12-05
When I shut down the first DC that I setup for the domain, my Win98 clients can't login to the domain with the bad password/access denied message. I know the domain is replicating OK, and my XP clients can login fine albeit a bit slower than usual.
It is a single domain with 2 domain controllers.
If I got the message "no domain server was able to validate your password" I would know that the clients couldn't even see the second DC so I'm a bit confused as to the problem.
Then I was thinking it was possibly an FSMO issue and PDC emulation, but I don't want to have to switch roles every time I take down a DC for maintenance or something. Isn't that the job of AD?
Am I missing something simple?