Active Directory Client Extensions for Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0 Workstation

Microsoft® has developed extensions for the Windows® 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT® 4.0 operating systems that allow those client platforms to take advantage of features provided by the Windows 2000 Active Directory™ service. These client extensions were developed for customers who wish to deploy Windows 2000 Server in environments with Windows 95-, Windows 98-, and Windows NT 4-based client workstations.
Windows 9x- and Windows NT 4-based clients lack many of the features of Windows 2000 Professional that are related to the Active Directory service. The Active Directory client extension is an upgrade or patch for Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT 4, which enables the following Active Directory features:
- Site Awareness
- Capability to log on to the Domain Controller that is closest to the client in the network.
- Ability to change password on any Windows 2000 Domain Controller, instead of the PDC.
- Active Directory Services Interface (ADSI)
- Allows scripting to Active Directory.
- Provides a common programming API to Active Directory programmers.
- DFS Fault Tolerance Client
- Provides access to Windows 2000 distributed file system fault tolerant and fail-over file shares specified in the Active Directory.
- Active Directory Windows Address Book (WAB) property pages. Allows users who have permission to change properties on user objects (for example, phone number and address) via the user object pages, which can be accessed by clicking the Start menu, and then pointing to Search and For People.
- Support for display specifiers that allow rendering of new schema elements stored on the user object in Active Directory.
- NT LAN Manager version 2 Authentication. Takes advantage of the improved authentication features available in NT Lan Manager version 2.
- Significant architectural advancements have been made in the Windows 2000 Professional client platform. They deliver functionality that the Active Directory client extensions on Windows 9x and Windows NT 4 cannot deliver. Users can take advantage of these additional capabilities by upgrading to Windows 2000 Professional.
- No Kerberos Support. The Active Directory client extension does not deliver Kerberos support to Windows 9x and Windows NT 4-based clients.
- No Group Policy or Intellimirror Support. The Active Directory client extension does not deliver Intellimirror™ management technologies or Windows 2000 Group Policy functionality.
- No IPSEC or L2TP Support
- The Active Directory client extension does not deliver advanced Virtual Private Networking (VPN) protocols.
- No Service Principal Name (SPN) or Mutual Authentication. The Active Directory client extension does not deliver SPN or mutual authentication.

Getting Active Directory Client
Windows 95- and Windows 98-based Active Directory Client will be distributed on the Windows 2000 CD
You can find the client at this location on the Microsoft Web site:
System Requirements:
Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 with SP6a
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 or higher