Windows 98 on Server 2008

March 14, 2011 at 09:49:15
Specs: Server 2008

Not sure if this is the right place for this, apologies if so.

We have recently upgraded to a SBS2008 set up from a SBS2003 environment. everything has gone well apart from we have some ageing windows 98 clients (that cannot be upgraded or replaced - long story) and I need to be able to map a network drive.

In the 2003 environment we had to allow anonymous access to this share and (risky i know) enable the guest account, but it worked.

I've done the same here but when I try and map the drive using a script I get

Error 55: The specified resource is not available. The computer that shared the resource might have been turned off, or the permissions might have been changed. For more information, contact your network administrator.

I can ping the server and it resolves to the correct IP address

I have windows XP clients that work ok with the anonymous access I just can't for the life of me get the Windows 98 ones to connect. I would have thought that I need to enable something for the 98 clients to see the server but all i can see from google results is how to join it to the domain which i do not want to do, i just need to mape 1 share.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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March 14, 2011 at 14:43:21
"how to join it to the domain which i do not want to do"

Why not? You need to do this to see the Domain resources other wise you will only be able to access Workgroup Resources.

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March 14, 2011 at 15:17:41
these machines are not PC's, they are weigh machines in a factory and receive all of its data via an interface with the server which involves mapping the drive. Also there is no keyboard so joining the domain means needing a password to log on which is not practical in this case.

Awkward situation i know but I just need to get this drive mapped so the machines can see the data they need!

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March 14, 2011 at 15:51:25
If that is the case I would setup a shared folder on each of the computers and replicate the data down to them by running a copy command in a batch file and running the batch file every 5 minutes; instead of mapping drives on them.

You could always setup a simple Workgroup network for these computers that get their data from a computer that is on the domain and copies the data down to a Workgroup share.

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March 14, 2011 at 16:00:52
I had thought of that but it may not be practical. pretty hefty set of data and next to no HD space on the clients. Why can't I just map a drive? I've seen other posts with people referring to them having mapped a drive in 98 to a 2008 server (no-one saying how) so it must be possible

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March 14, 2011 at 16:16:12
And they did this without joining the computer to the domain? Hmm, I will have to look that up. You could try this...

Just create a generic user and pass the user name and password as a part of the net use command.

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March 14, 2011 at 16:23:56
wish I could but the /USER tag doesn't work in 98. Also it doesn't even get far enough to ask for any sort of authentication. This particular share has anonymous access rights set up that work ok for an XP client machine that is connected to the network but not on the domain. I just get that error 55 when i try to map to any share on this server.

Can you share a mapped drive (I don't think you can). I was thinking of utilising the aforementioned XP client and mapping the 98 boxes to that but I'm not sure how

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March 15, 2011 at 07:53:31
"Can you share a mapped drive (I don't think you can). I was thinking of utilising the aforementioned XP client and mapping the 98 boxes to that but I'm not sure how"

No you can't share a mapped drive and even if you could you would still have the same authentication issues you are having right now. You can share a local drive as a workgroup share then setup a synchronization tool like MS Sync Toys to synchronize files on a non-DC computer like one of the XP boxes but like you said above it is messy. I can not see any other way though.

Good Luck.

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March 15, 2011 at 08:42:54
P.S. These might help you in your quest...

Axioms of Permissions Administration

The Golden Rules of Permissions Administration

Differences between Authenticated Users, Domain Users, and Everyone groups

Recommended NTFS Permissions for New Drives

Creator Owner Explained

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March 15, 2011 at 11:53:04
perhaps you may wish to reconsider not joining the 98 boxes to the domain

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