NT4 Connecting from a Windows95 System

by Johannes Helmig [Published on 7 Dec. 1997 / Last Updated on 7 Dec. 1997]

Most important: when logging in now to your Windows95 system, you MUST use a "User-Name", which is defined as a NT4 user, and your Windows95 password MUST match now your WindowsNT password ! (or be a Guest !)

A user with "Full Access " permissions uses his Windows95 "Network Neighborhood" to browse the network and has no limitation in his activities
(like copying files to the disk of the NT4 systems):


A user with limited "Read-access" will not be allowed to store new files or delete data on the NT4 disk, any such attempt will result in an error-message:


And if you logged in to the Windows95 system, using a User-Name, which is NOT defined as WindowsNT4 user, then you will not even be allowed to see the list of "Shares" available on the NT4 system (and I have not yet figured out, for which password this message is prompting):


Windows NT offers also a feature, not available on Windows95:
The "Server"-applet in the "Control-Panel" displays any active Network connection to the NT 4 disk:


However, if you are not operating in a Security-sensitive environment, there is a method to make the access from a Windows95 system much easier:

NT4 Guest account

When a Windows95/98 system is connected to an NT-system, it is possible to use the
NT User database for Windows9x User-Level Share Access.

The Author — Johannes Helmig

Dr.Johannes Helmig is working as Director, Technical Knowledge Management in the Belgium office of Gerber Technology where he is involved in Customer Service and internal training, with special interest in Networking.

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