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