Windows 98 Clients Not Registered with Dynamic DNS

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Computers running Windows 98 and participating in a Windows 2000 domain may not have their host names registered with the dynamic DNS server.
When requesting an Internet Protocol (IP) address from the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server, Windows 98 clients send the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) option (code 81), which indicates that the client registers itself with the dynamic DNS server. However, Windows 98 clients do not actually register their host names with the dynamic DNS server. Instead, they must depend on the DHCP server to register their host name information with the dynamic DNS server.
A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that this article describes. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

To resolve this problem, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:Note In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.

The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
   Date     Time     Version     Size     File name   Platform   --------------------------------------------------------------------   9/8/99   4:00pm   4.10.2223   65,279   Vdhcp.386   Windows 98 Second Edition				
NOTE: This fix only applies to Windows 98 Second Edition.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition.
More information
When you apply this hotfix, Windows 98 clients no longer send the FQDN option (code 81) when requesting an address from the DHCP server. The Windows 2000 DHCP server then registers the Windows 98 client's host name with the dynamic DNS server on behalf of the Windows 98 client computer.

For additional information about Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition hotfixes, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
206071 General Information About Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition Hotfixes

Article ID: 242000 - Last Review: 10/26/2013 06:38:00 - Revision: 3.0

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