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Is it possible for a NT4.0 network to communicate with a Windows 2000 network?

This one's kind of strange... Is there any way to get a fully NT4.0 network to work with a fully Win2000 network? The NT network uses static IP and the Win2000 uses DHCP. I'm thinking that maybe a gateway set-up, but will that work, and if so, what do I need to have/do to make it work?


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Unfortunately your not providing me with enough information as to what you mean by "get a NT4 network to work with a Windows 2000 network." I will have to assume your asking me one of the two following questions:

  1. Is it possible for a NT4.0 network to communicate with a Windows 2000 network?
  2. Is it possible for a NT4 domain network to communicate with a Windows 2000 Domain network (Active Directory)?

For the first possible question:
Putting it as simple as possible, yes. If you have two different type of networks (NT4 & Win2K) and you want to share resources, you can by simply allowing the appropriate users to connect to them and use them. If the services require DNS resolutions, then you will also need to setup a DNS server on both ends and allow clients from either network to contact them in order to resolve the IP Addresses of your shared resources.

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If one of your hosts is on DHCP, and also require DNS resolution to work for this host, then you would need to consider Dynamic DNS ? also known as DDNS.

And the second possible question:
This depends entirely on what mode the Active Directory (AD) has been installed on the Windows 2000 network.

The first mode is the 'native' mode, where Active Directory will interface only with Windows 2000 domain controllers and directory service client software. Windows 2000 is a lot more efficient in this mode.

The second mode is 'mixed' mode, which is used to support domains where there are still Windows NT (4) domain controllers.

And lastly, a friendly reminder. When asking a question, try to be as precise as possible, to help the other person understand exactly what you are asking. If my answer didn't provide you with the solution your after, please consider reposting you question.

This was first published in June 2003

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