DOS-based Microsoft Network Server
The "Microsoft Network Client
3.0" installs the Client-module, allowing the
DOS-system to access shared resource on the Network.
To allow other systems on the Microsoft network to access the
disk and/or printer on the DOS-system, you need to download from
the Microsoft FTP-server: ftp.microsoft.com in the directory /Softlib/Mslfiles
It is a self-extracting file, just run it:
and copy all the NET*.* files to your directory with the
installed files of the
"Microsoft Network Client 3.0" (should be
usually the default location C:\net)
(when copying, you will get some
warning about replacing existing files, please allow the
replacing, since some files of the network client need to be
The NET-command has now a few more option, as shown by asking for
some help via: "NET ?"
You need first to make a small modification to the SYSTEM.INI-file:
||In the section [network], you need
to allow File-Sharing and/or
Printer-Sharing by changing the
option from "no" to "yes"
Please, view the Help-information about Sharing by typing: "NET ?
||To be able to share, it is first required to
start the Server-function:
NET START SERVER
(should be added to AUTOEXEC.BAT)
Then, you can share (for example: C:\):
NET SHARE <sharename>=<local path>
(example: NET SHARE U66=C:\)
Note: no blanks are allowed between
<sharename>=<local path> )
just running NET SHARE displays the list
of shared resources on the DOS-system
||The disk of the DOS-system (called "486"
in my example) is then accessible on
Windows systems and is displayed in the
The installation of the DOS-server modules
takes an additional 20 KByte
If you require the DOS-system to be a SERVER, but also need a lot
DOS-memory to run your applications and the Microsoft network
takes too much memory, you could use Artisoft Lantastic as an alternative solution (requires much less memory
for the DOS-network drivers).