We're running a Win2k3 network with mostly XP clients, one Win2k client, and two Win98 clients.
Question * 1.5
If we ditch our two Win98 clients, replacing them with XP clients, which exact features can we disable on the server, what benefits are there, and how do we disable them 'properly' so as to glean said benefits? If we replaced our Win2k client, would that allow us to disable anything else of significance?
Possibly-skippable background info
We've been having general intermittent network issues lately even within the server itself (i.e., from the server to a Linux VM running within the server) so I know there must be some non-hardware factor.
Our Win98 boxen have always randomly dropped connections to our MSSQL server every few days or so, but then been fine immediately after. Lately we're having such problems that PostgreSQL service starts choking and taking down our whole web service--and it has nothing to do with a particular query being run.
One site suggested disabling NetBIOS if you didn't need it. Other sites claimed it wasn't strictly required by Win98, but I think with our particular configuration, it is, because that prevented our Win98 boxen from being able to see our server, even by trying to browse
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