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How do I join an NT4 SP5 standalone server to a Win2k native domain?

I have a Windows 2000 domain running in native mode. In native mode I understand that only Windows 2000 domain controllers can exist in the domain, but what is preventing me from joining an NT4 SP5 standalone server to the domain? I'm no longer running WINS and it isn't configured in the TCP/IP stack, so I've created a LMHOSTS file with the following:

10.2.11.100 COMPDC1 #PRE #DOM:MYDOMAIN
10.2.11.100 "MYDOMAIN 0x1b" #PRE

COMPDC1 is the name of the Windows 2000 domain controller (FSMO Master) and MYDOMAIN is the name of the domain. I have an NT domain, too -- I can modify the LMHOSTS file to point to it and join without a problem. Help!

Since you aren't running WINS anymore the Windows NT machine is going to have a tough time. However, you can install the DSClient for NT 4.0 (free from MS).

How to: Install the Active Directory client extension will tell you how to get the client and install it. This will allow the Windows NT 4.0 server to more fully integrate with the Active Directory.

This was first published in February 2003

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