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Allow Win 98 Clients to Log into a 2003-level Domain

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We have a 2003-level domain and we would like Windows 98 clients to be able to log into the network. All of the domain controllers are Server 2008 R2 but the domain functional level is 2003. How can I do this?

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by:jerrypd
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microsoft has a very good document describing this scenario - well almost. It discusses 2003 domains, not 2008 running as 2003.
I have used this to connect to a true 2003 domain, but not a 2008.
There are two areas of concern:
Client-side needs some tweaking
Server-side also needs to have some changes made.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555038

I still have my 03/win98 running, so if you need any specific settings, I can probably help you ...

Jerry

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by:Vinchenzo-the-Second
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Try this http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555038,
It does state 2003, but do follow it

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by:theabbeyschool
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Hi,

I have tried this guide but I could use some help on expanding some of the points.

For example, when it states: '2. If you are using Windows 2000 or higher DHCP server, make sure that the DHCP can register old clients.' - how do I do that?

Secondly, I have installed the WINS service on one of the domain controllers and then changed the network adaptor settings on the other DCs to point to this WINS server. Is there any other configuration I still need to do?

The error message I get from the Windows 98 client, when it tries to log in, is: 'The Request is not Supported by the Network'.

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by:KCTS
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You can get Win98 machines to talk to a 2003 or 2008 server but Windows 98 can not participate properly in a domain environment and having Win98 Machines will reduce security.

>> make sure that the DHCP can register old clients <<
Set the option in DHCP for DHCP to register clients in DNS

>> WINS... Is there any other configuration I still need to do <<
You need to make sure that DHCP is configured to supply the address of the WINS server

You need to disable SMB Signing on on the DC.
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by:jerrypd
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Did you install the updates on the win 98 box?
The server sounds ok to me - its now a "language" issue... Which I think gets solved with the NTLM update
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by:theabbeyschool
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Hi,

No we have not installed any updates on the Win 98 machines.

'All' we have done is change all of the domain controllers to Win 2008 R2. We have not changed the domain functional level from 2003 though.

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by:jerrypd
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ok - follow the document to add the changes to the win 98 client - that should do it.
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Hi everyone,

Thank you for your comments. Unfortunately none of the above comments worked. We were unable to update the Windows 98 client with the patch provided because the OS was too out of date. This may work for others though.

In the end, I created a second domain that allows these old clients to log in. I set the username and password for the default log on account to be the same on both domains, this allowed it to process the login script and do what I needed it to. It is strange set up due to what these machines are used for however it is working again.

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