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Windows 95 cannot see Windows Server 2008

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A recent upgrade from Windows Server 2003 to 2008 has a CNC Machine unable to connect to our domain or see network drives. The computer that runs the CNC is a Windows 95 ver. 4.00.950.c. We just have to share files to it, it doesn't necessarily have to be on the domain. Any suggestions?
Errors: On startup, “No domain sever was available to validate your password. You may not be able to gain access to some network resources”.
Thanks.
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Top Expert 2012

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I don't think Windows 95 will join a Windows 2008 Server domain if I remember right.

Remove from the domain then add a network drive to the location where the files are located

net use \\server\share /user:domain\domain_user password

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I don't believe that 95 can authenticate with a 2008 DC. I might be wrong but when we upgraded the domain function level on our network from 2003 to 2008 I had to get rid of the Windows server 2000 domain controllers I had at my branches.
Have you tried logging in with a local account on the 95 PC and re-add it to the domain (first reset the computer account within AD)
Gary ColtharpSr. Systems Engineer

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No....95 cannot authenticate on a 2008 domain. Anything with a 2003 forest level would be out of reach for that machine.

You might be able to see the shares on the PC if you make a slutty "Everyone" including Guest share....but I dont think it would be able to even view the shares on 2008. It lacks the security base necessary.
Why don't you put the share on the 95 machine itself with the "Everyone" permission on the folder and then place files into it from the other computers on the network.

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All great suggestions, thank you.  Unfortunatly the 95 box has very little space, so I can't share the files from that comptuer.  We just copy the files from the server to that folder, send them, then delete.  

I'm just scatching the surface of Server 2008, so sorry for what might be a dumb question.  If I had a Server 2003 box on the network (part of the 2008 domain), and shared the folders from that server, would  there be a way to get the 95 box to see those folders?  I don't need to get the 95 box on the domain, just need it to be able to transfer files from that folder.
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You can see  those folders on Windows 2003 Server

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Once I was able to create the share, I used a third party utility (WatchDirectory) to sync the data from the 2008 server to the Win95 machine, round about way, but it did work.