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NetServer logon problems

We have an iSeries 720 on TCP/IP. We had started the NetServer and were able to map to the IFS through Windows

explorer from all types of Windows OS. After some changes by our network administrator, all Windows 98 users cannot map and the system keeps on asking for a network password for the resource 'xyzIPC$'. However all Windows 2000 and XP users can map.

Windows 98 behaves differently when connecting to other server on the network, unless you have the same user on the windows machine and on the iSeries or you configured guest login you will get the message ("enter password to log to $ipc).

Here is an explanation:

Windows NT/2000/XP has the capability of prompting the user for a user ID and a password. Therefore, Windows NT/2000/XP users are able to log on the NetServer without a GUEST profile even if the Windows login does not match a valid iSeries user profile. Windows 95/98/ME does not have the capability to prompt for a user ID. Therefore, unless a NetServer GUEST is configured, Windows 95/98/ME users can not connect to iSeries NetServer unless the Windows login exists on the iSeries.

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This was first published in August 2002

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