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Mixed Network

Laptop used at home and work
NetBIOS and WINS are required in a mixed network
Win98 can access the resources but nor W2K/XP


 

Laptop used at home and work

To use your laptop at home network with workgroup name and work with domain, you may have two options if you use DHCP on the both sites. 1) you can always logon your computername (or workgroup) using a same logon id and password for both workgroup and domain. To access domain network resources, you can create logon batch files to map the network drives and printers. Here is a mapping example, net use h: \\server1\marketing password /user:ntdomain\logonid (you may or may not need the password in the command). 2) Create your workgroup name as the same as work domain name and then join it to the domain. At home, you logon local machine and in the work, you logon domain.

NetBIOS and WINS are required in a mixed network

NetBIOS and WINS name resolution is required only on mixed-mode (Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000 and XP) networks to provide backward-compatibility older versions of Windows. If you have a domain mixed-mode network with DHCP and DNS, you are better to cerate WINS in your system. In workgroup mixed-mode network, most people enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP to resolve NetBIOS name to equivalent to IP addresses. Alternatively, you can install NetBEUI protocol in the clients.

Win98 can access the resources but nor W2K/XP

In our domain network, all win98 computers can access the network resources but none of W2K/XP can. Why?

A: Win2K and XP both use DNS to find other machines whereas Win98 uses NetBIOS or Wins. So, you will need to set up the correct DNS Server and clients.

 

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