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NT 4 Domains

By will ·
Company network has an NT4 Server and 20 Win 98SE clients. The Domain name on the server is WORKGROUP. All win98 clients log-on to WORKGROUP. I want to change all clients to NT4 for security/stability reasons. (PC's hardware not up to Win2K) Can I create Groups/users as part of the domain WORKGROUP and have all the usual Domain facilities, and will NT4 Workstation log on to WORKGROUP, or does WORKGROUP on the server act as anything less than a domain. If so is it possible to change the WORKGROUP to a Domain on the server without a complete re-install. If WORKGROUP is in fact a domain, is it possible to rename it. Finally can anyone recommend a good book/web URL on NT Server administration.
Please help a new IT guy learning the ropes.
Cheers.

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by Curacao_Dejavu In reply to NT 4 Domains

wow,
1. the domain is workgroup , even if it's simply called workgroup, that's just a name, it will have all the functions of a "real" domain. You can not change it anymore without a complete reinstall.
I use mostly ntfaq.com, the ms kb, this site, brainbench.com, cramsession.com, sans.org, windows200mag.com and their links etc.
books: I have the ones of syngress(.com).
I use amazon to search on the titles and bookpool.com to buy the titles (cheaper).

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by will In reply to NT 4 Domains

Thanks very much.

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by tony.colgrove In reply to NT 4 Domains

Actually if your server is installed as a PDC you can rename your domain. You will need to go around to all the machines and change the domain name to match the new one, but it can be done.
I recommend subscribing to Windows2000 Magazine. It is full of great NT and 2000 articles targeted from NT rookies to 2000 Pro's. It is well worth the sub price.

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by will In reply to NT 4 Domains

Once again, thanks.

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by RAMAC-9846778 In reply to NT 4 Domains

Since you plan on upgrading the client OSs now is a perfect time to change the domain name if you are so inclined. One of the most convenient books that I have found is the Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant from Microsoft Press written by William R. Stanek, ISBN 0-7356-0574-2. You should also find a book that specifically discusses Win NT workstations. I have found the SYBEX Complete series of books to be very helpful.

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by will In reply to NT 4 Domains

Thanks, I probably will rename the domain.

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by Mackem In reply to NT 4 Domains

Are you sure the Domain name is workgroup. All 98 machines would login to workgroup. You didn't say if you have a BDC. It would pay you to have at least one on your network.
As for books there are many books on line on this site, if you are subscribed to Techpro Guild.
hope this helps.

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by will In reply to NT 4 Domains

Thanks, Yes we have a BDC.

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