Networking FreeDOS - MS client
Where to find it
(Picture of MS client 3.0)
Microsoft's programs "LAN manager" and "MS Client 3.0" can be downloaded
from Microsoft's ftp-site and are free for "internal use", but not for
* MS LAN manager Client (1998) can be found at:
* MS Client 3.0 (1995) can be found at:
There are numerous webpages about the installation and usage especially
of MS Client 3.0:
* A general review and comparison (see: http://www.jacco2.dds.nl/
samba/dos.html) of both Microsoft products has been undertaken by
Dutch programmer Jacco de Leeuw (see: http://www.jacco2.dds.nl/).
* U.S. programmer Jonathan Young has created a nice looking MS Client
installation walkthrough (see: http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~joyoung/
msnetclnt/Page1.shtml) with many screenshots. James Hatridge wrote
an article (see: http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/5837) about
MS Client for Linux Journal in 2002. Johnson Lam has also written an
installation report (see: http://johnson.tmfc.net/dos/msclient.html).
* Ken from British website "DOS Solutions" gives a detailed overview
over many resources related to MS Client (see: http://www.
* Installation guides in German language have been written by Gerhard
Zeiser (see: http://www.comp-o-ass.de/dokumente/ms-dos-client.pdf),
by Gerd Roethig (see: http://www.gerd-roethig.de/dosnet.html),
by Michael Vogl (see: http://home.arcor.de/michael-vogl/tcpip-fd.htm)
and by Stefan Mayrhofer (see: http://de.wikibooks.org/wiki/
The magazine "c't" published an article about MS Client in 1999
310_DOS_im_SMB-Netzwerk). Volker Rueddigkeit wrote some howtos
(german) about MS Client bootdisks (here: http://medien.bildung.
MS Client as Server
It is possible (but not officially supported) to use a Microsoft update
to add server functionality to MS Client. This Update is called
WG1049.EXE and can be downloaded here:
In effect this adds features comparable to those of the "Workgroup
Add-On for DOS", which is not longer sold by Microsoft.
(Picture: DOS Workgroup Add-On for MS-DOS)
The integration of a DOS machine into a modern Windows XP or GNU/Linux
SMB Workgroup is limited though. For instance it doesn't seem to be
possible to access a DOS share from GNU/Linux using smbmount. And the use
of TCP/IP as protocol in MS Client consumes much memory and may lead
to an unstable DOS system.
Steven Baker critically remarks (see: http://web.archive.org/web/
20070314043508/http://www.ece.ubc.ca/~gillies/9802net.html), that, while
the core TCP/IP protocol remained stable over the years, Microsoft's SMB
protocols changed from upgrade to upgrade and exist "in a dozen different
dialects". So compatibility is an issue. Other problems can be caused by
the authentication methods that are used by Windows or Samba.
Apart from that it can be considered a good thing that Microsoft still
allows to legally download and use this software. Some files from the
"MS Client" package are also essential for the use of TCP/IP appli-
cations over today's common NDIS drivers.
* You could use a FTP server on DOS which runs in the background
(as Datalight Sockets, which is explained here (see: http://
mainz-online.de)and a tool to map a FTP server to a drive letter
(for Windows f.i.: netdrive - see: http://www.netdrive.net/) to
integrate your DOS machine into a network. GNU/Linux can even mount
FTP servers without an extra tool.
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