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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 the:
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
(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 updated)

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

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 ? SHARE"

To be able to share, it is first required to
start the Server-function:
(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
"Network Neighborhood".

The installation of the DOS-server modules takes an additional 20 KByte
of DOS-memory.
If you require the DOS-system to be a SERVER, but also need a lot of free
DOS-memory to run your applications and the Microsoft network software
takes too much memory, you could use
Artisoft Lantastic as an alternative solution (requires much less memory for the DOS-network drivers).

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