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Chapter 20. Networking DOS > Installing the Novell NetWare Client Software

Installing the Novell NetWare Client Software

The latest Novell NetWare client for DOS is amazingly large: about 22MB before being installed. It is available on a CD-ROM that comes with the NOS or can be downloaded from Novell's Web site (in a self-extracting zip file). When you download the compressed file, you then execute the file to extract all the installation files. You can then run the INSTALL program, as follows, to begin the actual installation of the client software:

When you begin the installation, you first see a license screen (see Figure 20.1). If you agree to the license, press Enter to continue.

Figure 20.1. The Novell license screen.

You then see a selection screen in which you choose which client options you want to install. This selection screen is shown in Figure 20.2. The choices are detailed in Table 20.1.

Figure 20.2. The Novell client option selection screen.

Table 20.1. Novell Client Installation Options
Option Description
Novell Client for DOS Required; specifies the basic network software with the IPX/SPX protocol
Novell Client Windows Support Enables additional Windows 3.x support
Novell Distributed Print Services Provides better print management with Windows 3.x
IP/IPX Gateway Enables Windows 3.x applications to use a Novell Internet gateway
Workstation Manager 3.x Adds administrative programs
NetBIOS Enables NetBIOS support
Desktop SNMP Enables support for Simple Network Management Protocol
NetWare TSA for SMS Installs centralized backup support for the client
TCP/IP Protocol Stack Installs support for TCP/IP
NetWare/IP Installs support for NetWare/IP

For this example, Novell Client for DOS and TCP/IP Protocol Stack have been chosen. After you select the appropriate check boxes, press F10 to proceed.

If you selected TCP/IP, you are asked specific information about your TCP/IP network configuration. The first question prompts you about any DHCP, BOOTP, or RARP hosts on the network, as shown in Figure 20.3. For this example, it is assumed that these hosts do not exist.

Figure 20.3. Select a configuration host for TCP/IP.

Assuming you have chosen to enter your TCP/IP information manually, provide the IP address, router address, subnetwork mask, DNS domain name, and DNS addresses to the configuration. Figure 20.4 shows this screen with some sample values entered.

Figure 20.4. Enter manual TCP/IP information.

You are then prompted for whether you are using a 16- or 32-bit network interface. You have to check the driver files available for your network card. If they have the LAN file extension, they support a 32-bit interface, whereas if they have a COM or EXE extension, they support only a 16-bit interface.

You are shown a list of drivers that are included with the Novell client software, as shown in Figure 20.5. Choose your adapter from the list and press F10 to continue.

Figure 20.5. Choose a LAN board.

You now choose some additional configuration information for your network and network card. Complete the requested information (check with your network administrator if you don't have the answers yet to any of the questions because you must supply the correct answers to all the questions so that the network connection can function). Figure 20.6 shows this additional configuration screen.

Figure 20.6. Provide additional configuration information to the setup program.

After pressing F10, you see the screen shown in Figure 20.7. Here, you choose whether the installation program is to modify your AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS files (it should), the directory into which the client software is to be installed (accept the default), and you have a chance to confirm the network interface type and card type you plan to use.

Figure 20.7. Check the Installation Configuration Summary screen.

After you press F10 a final time, the client software is installed into the computer. As part of this installation, a number of changes take place on the computer's C: drive, including adding two lines to the AUTOEXEC.BAT file. First, the path to the Novell client is added. Second, a reference to another batch file, called (typically) C:\NOVELL\CLIENT32\STARTNET.BAT, is added. The STARTNET.BAT file contains the following lines that actually start the network client when the computer is restarted:



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