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Win2003 domain users need to see old Win98 server URGENT

Hello,

This is my second week as Network Administrator on this job, and I just finished converting the network from a Win98Se workgroup server (not kidding) to a Win2003 server with active directory.  Here's my problem: this place uses an archaic database software ("Roll Call") that will not run on Win2003.  End users need to connect to the old Win98 box to use the DB software.  How can I get all of my domain users to "see" the old Win98 server?

Setup info:
All machines on same subnet.
Firewall-based DHCP, servers have static IPs.
Appx 45 domain users
DB upgrade is not an option for the next 2 months... users need DB functionality ASAP


HELP!!  Thanks in advance!

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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
this one is going to be a mess...

first of all....I've never heard of a Windwos98se workgroup server...unless the workers/staff/management coined that system as "server"...and generally a system that no one touches..but really it is peer-peer.  Correct me if I'm wrong...  aside from that.. here' what I have to offer.

join the Windws98 system to the new W2K3 domain
and then you have to recreate the share on the Win98 system.
add the Win98 system to the AD group policy on W2k3

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ChrisMacleodCommented:
What about running roll call in compatibility mode, have you tried this?
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bdendyAuthor Commented:
irwinpks:
Yes, you are correct... technically it isn't a server... but it was performing in that capacity.  (Hosting shared files... everyone saved their stuff to it... and it hosted the DB application.)

This might be a dumb question on my part: How do I join the Win98 computer to the domain?  I couldn't figure it out.


ChrisMacleod:
Yes, I tried every compatibility mode combination that I could think of... no joy.  I heard from my predecessor that the DB company officially said its software would not run on a Win2K3 server.  
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
Let me rephrase "joining" ...98 machines really don't join 2000/2003 domains, they can simply be set up to see domain resources.   Also, I'll correct myself, 98 or ME machines can't have GPOs apply to them at all.

this is how to get 98/me machines to "see" the domain:
http://www.wown.com/articles_tutorials/w2ksvw9x.html

This explains about 98/me not joining a domain:
http://www.computing.net/windows2003/wwwboard/forum/3038.html

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bdendyAuthor Commented:
irwinpks:

Your first link seems PERFECT... but something isn't working.  I can ping both the IP address and the domain name of the Win2k3 server from the 98 box, but I'm getting the IPC$ error as described in the article.  The Win2k3 server is not showing up in the 98's Network Neighborhood and I get the error "No domain controller is availiable to vaildate your password" on 98 startup.  I double-checked the username/password.

Thoughts?
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bdendyAuthor Commented:
BTW, I added the 98 box as a computer in the "computers" group under AD user management... in hopes of helping the process.  No luck.
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bdendyAuthor Commented:
Another BTW: I went ahead and followed the article's advice about taking the extra step to "Log on to Windows NT domain" even though I wasn't really concerned about logon scripts... did not solve the problem.

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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
how about going to the network properties and change workgroup to domain
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bdendyAuthor Commented:
did that
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
take a gun a shot the windows 98 machine ;-)

ok bdendy.. i'm going to bail for now.. because my hangover is pulsating from last nights drink-a-thon... shout out in 8 hours if no one else responds.
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bdendyAuthor Commented:
Got it... needed to relax local DC security policy... A LOT.  Most important: Turn on LM hashes so that 98 could login.

bleh... done.  Thanks for your help irwinpks... that first link was VERY helpful.  
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
cool. thank you !!
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