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Actice directory & domain name problems

By amo ·
Microsoft do it again. They have released windows 2000 Server, and built in Desgin flaws that make it difficult for certain companies to implemet. I refer to Doamin name compatibility issues. I run a complex network, a part of this network was an PDC and BDC under windows NT4. My domain Name was (ie) abc.co.uk. Though windows 2000 server allowed the domain name abc.co.uk, my users could not browes for this in their network neighborhood, or network places options, as the active director only shows the domain netbios name. Which meeans that in these instances you cannot seamlessly install a new windows 2000 server system, into your current NT network, from fresh.
THe way around this problem was to upgrade the PDC to windows 2000 server and then setup active directory, then it would register abc.co.uk as the active domain name for network browsing, you could then install the new server with windows 2000 as a memeber of the domain, and then promote the new server as the master server.
After many a worrying configuration processes, I must say that the whole job went very smoothly, and caused very confusion, and no downtime to the network. Even so, this just proves that the simplest configuration issues is what microsft continiues tohave problems dealling with.

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