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Networking in DOS
BBATES May-31-00 10:24 AM
Can anyone give me directions on how to load everything I need in a batch file? I am on a peer-to-peer ethernet lan using NetBEUI.

Thanks
Brian


1. RE: Networking in DOS
lbyard May-31-00 01:52 PM
In response to message 0
The easiest way to run a networked DOS program is to install networking in Windows and run the program from a DOS window in Windows (WFW 3.X, 95, 98, 98SE). That is how we run our ancient accounting package and it works very well. We have shortcuts setup on the Start menu to fire-up the various modules, which reside on our NT server (they could reside on a Windows 9X box). In fact, we run the various accounting modules (accounts receivable, payables, etc.) in separate DOS windows simultaneously.

I use a set of bootable floppies and an old Novell NE2000 10BaseT/2 compatible network adapter to temporarily connect customer computers on my workbench to my network. I have floppies for Win 98, 95, and DOS 6.22. The easiest way I know of for making these DOS-only network client floppies is with Windows NT. Double clicking Setup.exe in the D:\Clients\Netsetup\ directory on Win NT 4.0 CD fires-up the Setup for Microsoft Network Client for MS-DOS and makes the floppy(ies). Itís been quite a while since Iíve done this, but I believe the raw version requires more than one floppy, especially if you are booting to Win 9X instead of DOS 6.22, etc. To trim the number of unneeded programs down so everything will fit on one 1.44 Mbyte floppy is quite a chore, and to make the darn thing work can be daunting. As far as I know Windows 9X does not have the Setup for Microsoft Network Client for MS-DOS, but it should have the files in C:\windows to make the floppy. It can be quite challenging to make the floppy from scratch (that is why I keep copies of these valuable floppies on my file server.) Here is my workbench network floppy for Windows 98. I hope it helps. Larry

CONFIG.SYS

dos=high, umb
device=himem.sys /NUMHandles=128 /TESTMEM:ON
device=emm386.exe /NOEMS
files=60
stacks=0,0
buffers=30
LASTDRIVE=Z
device=A:\NET\ifshlp.sys

AUTOEXEC.BAT

A:\SMARTDRV.EXE /X
PROMPT $p$g
PATH A:\NET;A:\
SET TEMP=A:\TEMP
A:\NET\net start

A:\


AUTOEXEC.BAT
CONFIG.SYS
EMM386.EXE
HIMEM.SYS
NET
SMARTDRV.EXE

A:\NET

CONNECT.DAT
IFSHLP.SYS
LBYARD.PWL
NCDINFO.INI
NDISHLP.SYS
NE2000.DOS
NET.EXE
NET.MSG
NETH.MSG
NETWORK.INF
OEMTCPIP.INF
PROTMAN.DOS
PROTMAN.EXE
PROTOCOL.INI
RASCOPY.BAT
SETUP.INF
SHARES.PWL
SYSTEM.INI
WCSETUP.INF
WFWSYS.CFG


2. RE: Networking in DOS
lbyard May-31-00 02:02 PM
In response to message 0
The floppy would also have the Win 98 boot files. I make a bootable floppy and then copy the files listed in my first message to it from my server. Larry

3. RE: Networking in DOS
BBATES May-31-00 04:22 PM
In response to message 2
THANKS LARRY, I'LL GIVE IT A TRY!

I'LL BE SURE TO LET YOU KNOW IF I GET IT TO WORK.

BRIAN


4. RE: Networking in DOS
BBATES Jun-02-00 02:14 AM
In response to message 3
Well I tried, but failed! I get an error, accessing the security settings file????

I also could not find a file you have listed, connect.dat

Maybe that is the problem?


5. RE: Networking in DOS
lbyard Jun-02-00 03:55 PM
In response to message 4
Bian, I believe connect.dat is created after you connect so the connection process is automated the next time you connect (drive mappings, etc.). To troubleshoot the problem, I would take the NET START line out of the AUTOEXEC.BAT file and fidget with the NET command manually. NET /? Will give you the commands. One of the commands is NET PASSWORD. Sorry, but I am a bit rusty on this subject. Larry

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