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Win98 will not logon to W2K Server!

By TobeJ ·
Hi there,

I am having troubles with our win 95 /98 Pc's
logging into our W2K server. I do get a logon box but there is an error saying that the domian is not avalible... I am kind of new to the AD game, so this might be a stupid question I guess, I am a Novell NDS guy here. When I try to setup the domin login for the MS client I type in the domin that the server is under... server.domain.com, but when the MS logon box appears after the error it only shows the server.domain, not server.domain.com.

I did try just using domain.com but it still did not work.

I was kind of reading about importing the Pc's into the AD, is this like adding NT Pc accounts in the old NT 4? Does this have to be done for 2000 AD?

Also Ican ping the server from all Pc's.

Confusing I know, sorry!

Thanks

Toby

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by banyanman In reply to Win98 will not logon to W ...

Here's part of the problem. Your trying to login using domain.com. Win9x does not access domain resources via DNS. You are going to need to ensure you have a WINS server on your network, preferably your DC. The WINS service is an installable component under add/remove programs-windows components-network services. Once you have the service installed and running, you will need to add the WINS server ip address to your tcp/ip properties on all your static IP machines, or add it to the DHCP scope. Once you have the machines and servers all registered with the WINS service, then you should be able to login to the AD domain by using it's NETBIOS or PRE-WINDOWS 2000 name which in the case of server.domain.com would be simply DOMAIN. To have directory service capabilities on the win9x workstations you'll also need to install the dsclient on each one. This can be found on the win2k server cd under clients\win9x. HTH and good luck.

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Win98 will not logon to W2K Server!

Two things to try:

First of all: Instead of putting in the full DNS name, just put in the NetBIOS name of the domain.
IE. domain, not domain.com

Also, there is an Active directory upgrade for the Win9x series.

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by curlergirl In reply to Win98 will not logon to W ...

Just an additional note to Answer #1 - on the Win98 machines, you need to have the NetBIOS domain name specified on the Network Properties/Identification tab as the Workgroup name, and it has to be exactly the same as the NetBIOS name specified for the domain on your server. Otherwise, the Win98 machines won't know they are members of a workgroup and they won't be able to log on to the domain. As #1 said, Win9x machines don't recognize the DNS "domain.com" name at all. Hope this helps!

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by shortbus In reply to Win98 will not logon to W ...

Yet another addition, right click on "network neighborhood," click on properties, select "Client for Microsoft Networks," select properties. Type the NETBIOS name of the domain into the area that says something like this computer logs into this domain.

I think you've already done this since you're getting to the point where you can type in a domain, but just making sure ;-)

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by colin In reply to Win98 will not logon to W ...

You need to use the netbios domain name in the logon box (for xxx.com it is usually xxx) and only the username in the top box.

You also need to ensure that the client is using the W2K server as its DNS server or it will not find the domain.

You could also add a line to the lmhosts file in the windows directory as:

server IP domainname
xxxx.xxxx.xxxx.xxxx servername #PRE #DOM:xxx

reboot and try again.

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by TobeJ In reply to Win98 will not logon to W ...

Thanks all for the help...

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