Connecting a Windows 98 SE station to a Windows 08 domain controller, or a net use update for 98 with the /user switch

Hi, I am setting up a Windows Server 08 network where there are multiple Windows 98 SE computers.  It's a machine shop and their program only works on old stuff like that.  I figured I would use the old net use command with a /user: switch to connect the few 98 stations, but I must have forgotten that that didnt come till later.  

Is there an update for that, or a third party client connection program?  Or is it posible to connect them to the domain?  I tried using DC Client for 98, but I kept getting "no server avalable to process your request" errors.

Thanks in advance guys.
EtherCatAsked:
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Phil_taylor1980Commented:
what is the functional level of the domain?
thanks
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Daniel Van Der WerkenIndependent ConsultantCommented:
This article should help  you:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555038

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EtherCatAuthor Commented:
just one server, is that what your looking for?
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Daniel Van Der WerkenIndependent ConsultantCommented:
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EtherCatAuthor Commented:
thaks Danel, the first link is where I got my info from, it seems to partain to 03 servers, the second had no resolution, it was users stating that 98 computers can connect to 03, but not 08.
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EtherCatAuthor Commented:
I wouldn't mind cheating and just find a way to map the drives from a command prompt.
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LazloHCommented:
are you stuck into using windows 98 because of some old software compatibility?  Windows 98 SE is one of the most wide open, easy to hack operating systems that for some reason is still out there being used.. and usually only for that one reason.  Maybe we can help you get things a little more up to date instead of making something outdated.
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KillerbeCommented:
Windows Server 2008 does not use LM and NTLM by default. If you wish to use Windows 98, you need to downgrade your security. Also disabled all communication signing and encryption. Windows 98 cannot use SMB signing.
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EtherCatAuthor Commented:
How do I do that?
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EtherCatAuthor Commented:
It seems all over the internet, no one has ever got this to work, a few report that they can connect with the guest account, but thats it, I would be happy with that, but it seems they aren't even reliablbe with that setup.  I think I may reformat and go with XP.
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EtherCatAuthor Commented:
and your right, the 98 systems need to be that because of the software that runs the machines, stampers, drillers and crap.  I can't change them, but I can change the server.
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EtherCatAuthor Commented:
OK, new one, does anyone know how to connect a 98 comptuer to a 2008 server that has no domain or forest, or how to connect it to an XP system.  I thought if I use the same username and password it would connect, no go.
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KillerbeCommented:
You will use the local sam account then. If you got a Windows Server 2008 which is part of a workgroup. it uses local authentication. So when you try to connect to that server (using XP) you have to provide the credentials of a user account on the Windows Server 2008. You will probably need to specify the Windows Server 2008 computer name. Example %Computername%\user + password.
If you trying to do that with a Windows 98, you probably need to disable the SMB signing on the Windows Server 2008.
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CrystalMethodCommented:
Can you put a test system together with an installation of XP to see it it will function with the programs to minimize potential downtime?
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EtherCatAuthor Commented:
the system wont run on xp, Nothing mentioned worked, all over the net, it looks like noone can get 98 and 08 to connect, tons of ideas and proof in the puding because 03 lets them connect, but noone can from 08.  
I was lucky, the machines needed a very small amout of data shared, I hosted this on one xp comptuer, I needed to have it off the domain so I could use simple file sharing.
Thanks to all.
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