Networking FreeDOS - MS client

Where to find it

  Picture of MS client 3.0
  (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:

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  There are numerous webpages about the installation and usage especially
  of MS Client 3.0:
    * A general review and comparison (see:
      samba/dos.html) of both Microsoft products has been undertaken by
      Dutch programmer Jacco de Leeuw (see:
    * U.S. programmer Jonathan Young has created a nice looking MS Client
      installation walkthrough (see:
      msnetclnt/Page1.shtml) with many screenshots. James Hatridge wrote
      an article (see: about
      MS Client for Linux Journal in 2002. Johnson Lam has also written an
      installation report (see:
    * 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:,
      by Gerd Roethig (see:,
      by Michael Vogl (see:
      and by Stefan Mayrhofer (see:
      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.
      and here:

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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
  (Picture: DOS Workgroup Add-On for MS-DOS)

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  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:
  20070314043508/, 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. 

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  * NFS
  * You could use a FTP server on DOS which runs in the background 
    (as Datalight Sockets, which is explained here (see: http:// a tool to map a FTP server to a drive letter
    (for Windows f.i.: netdrive - see: to
    integrate your DOS machine into a network. GNU/Linux can even mount
    FTP servers without an extra tool. 

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