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Windows 2008 R2 server - Promoting to DC - How will it affect win98 clients? (Network Steve Forum)
Windows 2008 R2 server - Promoting to DC - How will it affect win98 clients?
I have a network with Windows 2003 servers (functional level is 2003) and have added a Windows 2008 R2 server to the domain as a member server. I am looking to promote it to a domain controller, however the network has several Windows 98 clients (manufacturing plant systems) that access the network file shares for them to operate. My concern is that if I run adprep and promote the Windows 2008 R2 server to be a domain controller (without raising the functional level from 2003) that the existing Windows 98 stations may have problems accessing the network. Is my concern valid, or should it not affect these workstations as long as the functional level stays at 2003? We are planning (for the forseeable future) keeping at least one 2003 domain controller on the network. Any advise on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
April 27th, 2012 2:14pm

Some info here. http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/windows-98-cannot-join-a-windows-server-2008-domain-dsforum2wiki.aspx Regards, Dave Patrick .... Microsoft Certified Professional Microsoft MVP [Windows] Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.
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April 27th, 2012 6:11pm

Hi Jim, Just to add one point of clarification aimed at one of your final statements: You will not be able to raise the domain or forest functional levels to 2008 R2 in any case for as long as you plan to retain that one Server 2003 domain controller (references for domain and forest). All domain controllers must be of the operating system type to which you intend to raise the domain functional level before you can actually go ahead with this. This isn't what the meat of your question is about, of course, but you mentioned the following which gave me the impression you thought you might have had the option: without raising the functional level from 2003 Cheers, Lain
April 28th, 2012 1:13am

Hi, In addition, please also refer to the following two Microsoft KB articles: The Net Logon service on Windows Server 2008 and on Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controllers does not allow the use of older cryptography algorithms that are compatible with Windows NT 4.0 by default http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=942564 How to enable Windows 98/ME/NT clients to logon to Windows 2003 based Domains http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555038 Regards, Arthur Li TechNet Subscriber Support If you are TechNet Subscription user and have any feedback on our support quality, please send your feedback here.Arthur Li TechNet Community Support
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April 30th, 2012 1:54am

Hi, I would like to confirm what is the current situation? If there is anything that I can do for you, please do not hesitate to let me know, and I will be happy to help. Regards, Arthur Li TechNet Subscriber Support If you are TechNet Subscription user and have any feedback on our support quality, please send your feedback here.Arthur Li TechNet Community Support
May 6th, 2012 9:53pm


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