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MS-DOS Client... Peer-to-Peer network DOS-only computers?
Network floppy?
Last updated: 9/22/02

Q.  I am wondering if there are step by step instructions or a good outline of how to establish a peer to peer connection for multiple 98 machines in MS-DOS mode?

A.  It can be done with the DOS client for Windows networking (a utility to generate a DOS client that comes with Windows NT), but a better way is to use Windows 98 networking and just to open a DOS window in Windows 98 and run it from there. My ancient accounting package runs under an old DOS version of Fox. and we run it that way.  In fact, we run multiple DOS windows simultaneously with different modules of the accounting package in each one of them.

9/22/02 I discovered today the Microsoft link, ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/clients/msclient, in the original answer to this FAQ, below, does work if it accessed with an ftp program.  I used SmartFTp which is available as a free download at http://www.smartftp.com/.  I think it probably can be accessed with a browser using the guest account and a password anonymous per Q135975 How to Enter FTP Site Password in Internet Explorer, but I'm too lazy this fine Sunday afternoon to make the effort.

6/21/02 Update.  Gareth E-Mailed me from Scotland and stated that the MS-DOS-CLIENT floppies can be downloaded at:


1/20/02 Update...  the link in the following paragraph now requires a password.  I have searched for a link to download the DOS Client for Windows Networking without success.  If anyone knows where it can be downloaded please click Contact Info to the left and send me the info.

The MS-DOS client for Microsoft Networks can be downloaded from ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/clients/msclient.  Download dsk3-1.exe and dsk3-2.exe, double-click to expand, and run setup.  It is also available on the Window NT Server CD at D:\CLIENTS\MSCLIENT where D: is your CD-ROM drive letter.


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