Dialup-Networking Server

by Johannes Helmig [Published on 27 Sept. 1998 / Last Updated on 27 Sept. 1998]

- Dialup Connection to the Internet
- Windows95 and Novell Netware Server
- Dialup-Server FREE as Download


For some additional information on Dialup-Networking,
please view the Windows95/98 Resource Kit:



You can also visit the "Connect Pages" of the Purdue University
for some more info on DUN connections (incl. Win3.11).

(for connection using TCP/IP, see Dialup Networking with TCP/IP)

After installation of Dial-up Networking, you are able to make an outside-connection, i.e. YOU DIAL OUT:


This capability is confirmed by your 'Network' configuration:

having a Client, allowing to access data on other systems, but nothing is defined allowing others to access YOUR data.

When you have a close look at your "Dial-Up Networking":


It allows only to define OUTGOING connections, the feature to allow INCOMING connections is NOT included in the standard Windows95 !

Dec,1,97: Microsoft has release the DUN 1.2B / 1.3 Update,
which now INCLUDES the DUN-server:

Dialup-Server FREE as Download
Dialup-Server is INCLUDED in Windows98 !




If you have already the Microsoft "Plus! for Windows95" , you can use it to install the "Dial-Up Networking Server":


Dialup-Networking Server is included with Windows98:


Once this is installed, you are ready to continue, because now you have the additional menu-option in your "Dial-Up Networking":




You can now "Allow caller access". Once you select it and make "OK", the windows closes, but now your modem will pick-up incoming calls, as you can see on re-entering the "Dial-Up Server": it is "Monitoring"

You can define a Password to protect
you against unauthorized dial-ins.
(if you forget this password:
I forgot my Windows Password)



this status-field will also show the current activity, when a call comes in and while a connection is still established:


That was easy !
However, when you try now on the Dial-Up Client to browse the "Network Neighborhood", and you get this:

then we need still to do a little more job.

There are 2 options:

1) get the "Network Neighborhood" to work
Lets check your system, especially the "Network" configuration:

Everything seems fine, you have installed all required network-components (Client, Protocol, Adapter and Server) and you have share something.
If you have NO Ethernet board installed:


You MUST select "ENABLED" for "Browse-Master" on the Dialup-Networking host ! (leaving it on AUTOMATIC will not work !).
You need to reboot/Login again: "Start"-button, Shutdown:

Select the option to " Close all programs and
log on as a different User"
Are you getting now this
window to enter your
"Windows Password" ?

Please, logon (do not just press ESC or Cancel), otherwise some of the Networking functions will NOT be started up !


If you have a Network board installed, then there is no explicit need to enable the Browse-Master (leaving it on Automatic is sufficient):

The system has now 2 adapters:
- the Dial-Up Adapter
- the Ethernet card
The network protocol has a binding
to both adapters


When now restarting the system:

We get now the Log-in Window
for"Microsoft Networking"
Browsing now the Network
Neighborhood
shows the
local system with its shared
disk
A last check of the "Dial-Up Server":

When checking back to the status of the
Dial-Up Server, it is now "monitoring" the
modem for incoming calls.

It is not required to keep this windows open,
the icon in the taskbar shows the activated
Dial-Up Server.
The task-bar will also show any active
incoming call by showing the Modem-icon,
while the Connection-info of Dial-Up
server shows you the name of the caller.


Now, you should be able to browse on the "Dial-Up Client" the "Network Neighborhood", but be patient:
The name of the server may not show up immediately, especially if you have also "File and Print Sharing" activated on the "Dial-Up Client" (because the systems are "negotiating" the Network-Master-Browser assignment), close it again, re-open it. It should show up after a few seconds.

I repeat:
On DUN systems without a Network board:
It is a MUST on the "Dial-Up Server" to
"Enable Browse-Master"
(Automatic Browse-Master is NOT sufficient!)



2) use a direct-addressing, by-passing the "Network Neighborhood"
In the above section 1), we needed an activate network installed, so that a "Browse-Master" became active, and a "Browse-Master" is required to maintain a list of systems and their shares on the network.
But if you know already the NAME of your dial-up server, you can by-pass the "Network-Neighborhood" on the Dial-Up Client system by opening a RUN-windows and
by putting in a request to display all shares:" \\<servername>"

In this example, the Dial-Up Server is called "JH_P133".

As response to this request, all available shares on that
system are displayed, which can then be used with
Explorer-function (drag&drop copy,.....) including the
option to "map a Network drive" from the Content-Menu.

If you know also already the name of the shared resource on the Dial-Up Server, you can map a drive DIRECTLY using the Windows95 Explorer:



Note: under Windows NT4 Workstation, to be able to browse the DUN/RAS server, it is required to have a REAL network, except that NT4 offers for this the "MS Loopback adapter", which is a software emulation of a network-board (I did not find any equivalent for Windows95).

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