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Problem running DOS compiler on Win2K PC connected to network

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Using my Win2K PC, if I'm connected to the network, a DOS COBOL compiler will not work.  I get an error saying "Error invoking unauthorized copy of compiler on network.", but using my Win98 PC, I do not get the error and the compiler works fine.

Does anyone know why this is happening?

Thanks.
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Some Programs That Use Impersonation May Not Work Correctly After You Install Windows 2000 SP4

After you install Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4) on your computer, some programs that use impersonation may not work correctly.

This issue may occur in situations when the user account that is used to run the program does not have the "Impersonate a client after authentication" user right.

On computers that are running Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) and earlier, a user right is not required to impersonate a client. Therefore, some programs that use impersonation may not work correctly after you install Windows 2000 SP4.

To resolve this issue, identify the user account that is used to run the program, and then assign the "Impersonate a client after authentication" user right to that user account. To do this, follow these steps:
Click Start, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Local Security Policy.
-Expand Local Policies, and then click User Rights Assignment.
-In the right pane, double-click Impersonate a client after authentication.
-In the Local Security Policy Setting dialog box, click Add.
-In the Select Users or Group dialog box, click the user account that you want to add, click Add, and then click OK.
-Click OK.

Note To troubleshoot situations where you cannot determine the user account that is used to run the program, and where you want to verify that the symptoms that you are experiencing are caused by the user right, assign the "Impersonate a client after authentication" user right to the Everyone group, and then start the program. If the program works correctly, the issue that you are experiencing may be caused by the new security setting.


extract from Microsoft:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=821546
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by:halfondj
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To Francois:  Thanks for your reply.  Can you please explain what it means re:'Some programs that use impersonation may not work correctly after you install Windows 2000 SP4'.  Before I change Windows 2000 settings, I like to know why I'm doing it.

I don't understand what the 'impersonate a client' means either.

Please explain.

Thanks!!
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by:halfondj
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To Francois:  Your suggestion did not work.

Any other ideas?

Thanks.
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by:Francois_IT
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is it possible to look in the event viewer and give the exact error message?
Thx.
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by:halfondj
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There is no error that's returned.  Since I posted this question, I discovered that by running a DOS emulator, e.g. DOSBox, the compiler now works, but is VERY slow.

Do you know of an alternative?

Thanks.
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my best advise would be to find another compiler that is program in a more recent language depending on the task you want to acheive.

sorry for my poor gramar...
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by:halfondj
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Looks like I found a way to do what I have to do.  I'm evaluating MS Virtual PC and it's working great.  I configured a Win98 Virtual PC and so far, no problems with using the DOS compiler.

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GOOD! i'm happy that you found a work around for this one...

is your problem solved?
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by:halfondj
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Looks like my problem is solved.  We purchased MS Virtual PC and configured a Win98 Virtual Machine to run the DOS compiler.
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