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By It's Not Easy Being Green ·
What is the general experience out there with NT 4 and Win98 clients in a Native Mode Windows 2000 Network? Do they work? What are you experience with this breaking? Anyone with a reasonable answer shares the points. :)

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We currently operate in Native Mode with NT4, 98, 95 2000, ME, XP and even a few 3.11 clients. We have had no problems with authenticating any client machine to the domain. We can even trust 4.0 domains while running in Native Mode. This is a great feature because l0phtcrack will not be able to get passwords from the domain in native mode; however, it can with mixed. If you are ready, I would say go for it. We have had no problems with 5000+ workstations. Kudos to Gates this time anyway

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by estebandelatorre In reply to Native Mode or not to Nat ...

Win nt4.0 will survive but win98 has to be retired from the strong secutity networks.
Consider first to move all your wks to win2k and let the server for the last big challenge
Why? because if you move all the server to win2k you won't be able to deploy the most usefull win2k tools: The desktop management tools. This is the very advance for administrators.
You can move winnt and win9X clients to win2k without much problem, once you have more that a half clients running win2k, then you can start deployment a new server or start moving your server from winnt to win2k.
The most importance of this move should be related to links. When a slow link may exist, win2k won't work as winnt. It simply needs more BW. Be carefull now the domain replication model will take as much as 10% of BW available, for heartbeat only.

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