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Does Windows 2000 native mode support NetBIOS-based applications?

Does Windows 2000 native mode support NetBIOS-based applications? My clients still are on Windows 98 and NT4, with some Win2k machines. I need to know before switching to native mode if NetBIOS apps will still work.

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Unfortunately this depends on the application. Native mode will support NetBIOS to an extent. However, if your application is running on a domain controller, there is a high probability that it will stop working. If the system is an NT 4.0 member server, you have a much better chance of the application continuing to operate. If it were me, I would set up a little test lab with two servers (one DC in mixed mode, and one application server). Switch the DC to native mode and see what happens.

This was first published in August 2002

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