Windows 98 on SBS 2003

Posted on 2006-03-23
Last Modified: 2008-03-17
I am in the midst of having to switch everyone over to our SBS 2003 as their login server after our Server 2000 system died. I cannot get the Windows 98 systems to be able to find the SBS 2003 server domain to login to. Is there a trick to this? This is urgent. Thanks.

Question by:maknight
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    Expert Comment

    You need the active directory client , please check google for this.
    "windows 98 active directory client" phrase will help you to get there...

    Author Comment

    I have the AD client from the Windows 2000 Server installed, but still no luck. Is there a different version on the SBS 2003 disc?

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    Expert Comment

    2003 should still work with 98, check to see if there is a domain client that came with it.

    On another note this is a snippit from microsoft url:

    "Older versions of Windows such as Windows 98 and Windows NT® 4.0 do not support passwords that are longer than 14 characters. Computers that run these older operating systems will be unable to authenticate with computers or domains that use accounts that require long passwords."

    What domain level are you running on 2003?  It could impact how clients authenticate.
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    Accepted Solution

    did you have SBS 2000 or Server 2000 before?
    your problem is either-
    lack of compatible AD client from make disk in SBS 2003
    SBS 2003 and Server 2003 assume signed SMB packets, you can turn that off at the domain controller level
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    Expert Comment

    This may be helpful:

    This gives specifics on how to disable SMB signing, thought it's not recommended unless you really have to.

    Other than that, once you get the AD client for 98 installed on it you should be good.  As a side note, I had a heck of a time finding the win98 AD client last time I did this.  It wasn't on my copy of Windows Server 2003.  I eventually found it on the Windows 2000 Server CD.  For some odd reason it doesn't seem to be available via download.


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