Windows clients and NT domain membership.

Richard Sharpe rsharpe at
Wed Nov 5 21:59:50 GMT 2003

On Wed, 5 Nov 2003, Christopher R. Hertel wrote:

> On Wed, Nov 05, 2003 at 01:22:07PM -0800, Richard Sharpe wrote:
> :
> > > I am still curious about the differences between W9x/Me/XP-Home vs. 
> > > NT/2kx/XP-Pro.  I need to set up a domain some time so I can see how a 
> > > W9x-type system does authentication when it's a "member" of the domain.
> > 
> > Win9X does not join a domain in anything like the way that WinNT and above 
> > does, however, I believe you can get updates.
> When I tell a W9x system that it is a domain member it will go through the
> steps of the mailslot-based PDC location protocol.  I don't have a PDC set
> up (currently) so I don't know what it does after that (in my case, it
> fails to find the PDC so it gives me an error message).
> I assume that it will try a regular SMB logon and *not* use the
> \\PIPE\NETLOGON trick to perform authentication, but I'm not sure.

Correct. It also uses a bunch of RAP calls to retrieve info needed like 
the logon script and so on.

Richard Sharpe, rsharpe[at], rsharpe[at], 

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