windows NT in a windows 2008 environment

Discussion in 'Server Setup' started by Kevin, May 20, 2009.

  1. Kevin

    Kevin Guest

    I currently have a windows 2003 domain with windows NT machines running some
    legacy equipment on our production floor. I am looking at upgrading our
    windows 2003 PDC and backup DC to windows 2008, but I've heard of some
    compatability issues with running NT in a windows 2008 environment? Has
    anyone implemented a server 2008 domain with nt machines on it? Normally I
    would just upgrade the legacy machines, but there is no mechanical upgrade
    with out replacing all of the equipment.
    Kevin, May 20, 2009
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  2. Hello Kevin,

    No special installation is needed, but you have to lower the security on
    the 2008 domain to allow NT4 machines, this belongs to NTLM settings.

    If the machine is on another subnet you have to install a WINS server to
    get it properly connected to the network.

    Also see this articles:

    In total you should get rid of the NT4 machines ASAP.

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], May 20, 2009
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  3. Kevin

    Kevin Guest

    Regretably getting rid of the NT machines is not possible with investing an
    additional $200k + for new equipment. Might be easier to remove the NT
    machines from the domain and have them work under a workgroup.
    Kevin, May 20, 2009
  4. Hello Kevin,

    You can lower the hardware cost when using VM's. If you have them on a workgroup
    you still have the problem with accessing them on easy way for your users.

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], May 20, 2009
  5. Kevin

    Kevin Guest

    Thanks I appreciate your help, It's not the cost of the computer itself,
    that is cheap. These computers run laser cutters and other metal fabrication
    machines, the software interface for these machines will not support a newer
    OS and the cost of have machinery upgraded wipes out the any gain by
    upgrading to a new version of windows for the DC. These NT boxes actually
    only interface with the domain for windows updates or if a user needs to
    transfer a cad image from their computer to the NT box. If you were to look
    at them you would never guess that they were windows based because direct
    user interaction with windows for the most part never happens.
    Kevin, May 20, 2009
  6. Hello Kevin,

    Ok, of course accepted, so more or less you need a file share on NT4 accessable
    from the domain machines.

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], May 21, 2009
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