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Chapter 20. Networking DOS > Installing the Microsoft Network Client

Installing the Microsoft Network Client

Installing the Microsoft network client for MS-DOS is somewhat easier than installing the NetWare client:

After you procure the client software (it is available on the Windows NT Server 4.0 CD-ROM or by download from ftp.microsoft.com), extract the component parts into an installation directory. Then, from that directory, use the SETUP program to begin the installation. The introductory screen to the setup program is shown in Figure 20.8.

Figure 20.8. The introductory screen for Microsoft Client Setup.

Press Enter to be prompted for the directory to which you want to install the Microsoft client. The default is C:\NET. Accept the default and press Enter to continue.

You are now prompted for your username on the network. You should have acquired this information from your network administrator. Enter the correct username and press Enter.

You now see the master setup screen, as shown in Figure 20.9. Here, you can change your username, change setup options, and set important protocol information.

Figure 20.9. The master setup screen.

Choose Change Setup Options to see the screen shown in Figure 20.10. You can then set the following options:

Figure 20.10. You can modify setup options for the Microsoft Network Client during installation using the Change Setup Options screen.

  • Change Redir Options— Do you use basic or full redirector? The basic redirector supports most functions and uses less memory than the full redirector but cannot log in to a Windows NT domain. Usually, you have to use the full redirector.

  • Change Startup Options— You can load the redirector, load the redirector and pop-up, or not load anything. This setting controls which features are started automatically when you boot the computer. Choosing to automatically load the pop-up consumes an additional 29KB of conventional memory but provides you with more network information than otherwise. Usually, you should just choose Load Network Client.

  • Change Logon Validation— If your network uses a domain security model, you need to change this option so that you can log in to the domain.

  • Change Net Pop Hot Key— Allows you to specify which key to use with Ctrl+Alt to view the pop-up interface.

Choose the Change Network Configuration option from the master setup screen; you see the screen shown in Figure 20.11. The Change Network Configuration screen is complex and has many possible layers, depending on what networking options you need (and rarely do you need just the default options).

Figure 20.11. The Change Network Configuration screen allows you to make advanced changes to how your client accesses the network.

The good news is that the installation program detects (if it can) your network card and displays its choice, along with a default protocol selection. If either is incorrect, you can change it by choosing the Change Settings option or the Remove and Add Protocol options. You can also use the Tab key to move between the two boxes and can then choose a different option to change. For example, you can tab to the top box and then choose the IPX/SPX protocol to change any options there. When you choose Change Settings for the network card, you see the detailed settings for your network card, as shown in Figure 20.12. You can select the appropriate IRQ, DMA, and other options for your network card. (You might need to run the setup program for the card itself to get some of these values; you need to do so before you install the network client, if possible.)

Figure 20.12. You can modify your network card hardware and protocol settings during setup.

If you want to use TCP/IP, use the Add Protocol option and then choose TCP/IP from the following screen. After you return to the Change Network Configuration screen, you can choose the TCP/IP protocol from the list and change its settings. Here, you can set your IP address, subnet mask, and other TCP/IP options gathered at the beginning of this chapter (see Figure 20.13).

Figure 20.13. You must enter your TCP/IP address settings to use the TCP/IP protocol.

After you add the necessary protocols and set all options, choose The Listed Options Are Correct to return to the master setup screen. From there, choose The Listed Options Are Correct to begin the installation, which proceeds without further input from you.



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