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  • I know that there have been similar threads on this topic in 2008 and 2009, but none of them seem to describe the exact issue I am having with trying to get a Windows 98 PC to log into the domain now that we have upgraded our domain controllers from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 R2. 

    So, I was wondering if anyone has run into this:  When I attempt to log into the domain from this Windows 98 PC, I get the following response:  "This request is not supported by the network."  (Why?) If I hit CANCEL instead of RETRY, Windows 98 goes to the desktop.  Then, when I attempt to map a drive letter to a network resource, I get a 'Windows Networking' message box with this message "The following error occured while trying to connect <drive letter> to [shared folder location]:  Not logged on."

    Connectivity is apparently not an issue.  I can ping the server from the Win98 client PC, and DHCP is assigning a network ip address in the scope for our workstations.  It is configured in Network properties to log into our domain.  As per another thread and KB article, I have installed the DSCLIENT program for Windows 98, which did not change my results.  This computer (our only Windows 98 machine) did connect with our domain controllers when they were running Windows Server 2003.  And, I just cannot see where the missing piece might be. 

    If you have run into this scenario, or have had to do this in your enterprise, could you please share what you did or offer an opinion on what step we may have left out in the conversion? 

    Also, upgrading the computer is not an option at this point because of legacy CAD software and hardware that our end users in that department depend on.  I have been tasked with getting the current computer connecting to network resources as quickly as possible.  Once that happens, I can hopefully start finding new software and hardware that will work in a more state-of-the-art environment in a manner that our end users are accustomed to. 

    Marty

     

     


    Martin J. Franek
    Saturday, January 8, 2011 6:20 PM

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  • Hi Martin,

    Please check
    Windows 98 on 2008 R2 Domain, Possible?
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winservergen/thread/5353b5cb-1856-473c-bb83-55eb5491fecf/

     


    Mohamed Fawzi | http://fawzi.wordpress.com
    Saturday, January 8, 2011 6:29 PM
  • Hello,

    so you followed the recommendations in:

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=942564  http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=946405

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc731654(WS.10).aspx

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/windows-98-cannot-join-a-windows-server-2008-domain-dsforum2wiki.aspx

     


    Best regards Meinolf Weber Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.
    Sunday, January 9, 2011 10:39 AM
  • Thanks for responding!   Our management has decided against weakening our network so that one Windows 98 workstation can access network shares and so we will not be changing the Active Directory group policy to allow cryptographic algorithms compatibile with Windows NT or disable LM authentication and SMB signing.  Microsoft has successfully forced us to abandon a mission-critical legacy application that requires an ISA slot in a Pentium 2 machine capable only of Windows 98. 
    Martin J. Franek
    Wednesday, January 12, 2011 1:53 PM
  • Mohamed, thanks for responding and pointing out that thread.  Our management has decided against weakening our network so that one Windows 98 workstation can access network shares and so we will not be changing the Active Directory group policy to allow cryptographic algorithms compatibile with Windows NT or disable LM authentication and SMB signing.  Microsoft has successfully forced us to abandon a mission-critical legacy application that requires an ISA slot in a Pentium 2 machine capable only of Windows 98. 

    Martin J. Franek
    Wednesday, January 12, 2011 1:54 PM
  • I would disagree that Microsoft has forced anything.  You have chosen to keep your enterprise secure (Wise choice) Windows 98 was a consumer o/s and was never intended to be in an enterprise setting such as it evolved into, nor was there the security concerns there are now.  Continuing on with an unsupported, unpatched system doesn't make any sense and hopefully you will be able to migrate this system to a protected o/s.

    Best of luck

     

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    Wednesday, January 12, 2011 1:58 PM