We have an NT4 server. Its only purpose is to run some legacy software running SQL 7 and some file storage.
We are thinking about upgrading our Exchange server from 2003 to 2010 which required raising the functional level on the Domain Controller to Windows 2003. The NT4 server does NOT handle our Domain Controller tasks.
I have read that raising the functional level on the DC will cause the NT4 server to longer be accessible on the network.
I have a public IP mapped with our router to the NT4 server to access the files, programs, and SQL using the IP address. I did this in hopes of eliminating network share issues if I raise the functional level.
Now... //220.127.116.11/MainFolder works.
SQL connection strings work by using the public IP.
I am wondering, if I raise the functional level, will we still be able to access NT4 using the IP address I mapped? ... or does raising the functional level make the NT4 server inaccessbile no matter what?