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Chapter 3 - Installing the Network

Preparing to Install the Network

Personal NetWare Initial Configuration

After Configuring

Upgrading from NetWare Lite


Preparing to Install the Network

For an introduction to networks, see ``What is a Network?'' on page 1-2.

Personal NetWare(TM) comprises client and server software with which you can set up a peer-to-peer network, and connect to an existing NetWare(R) or IntranetWare network. You can set your computer up to act as a client, or client and server. The client software allows you to connect to NetWare servers, running NetWare versions 2, 3, 4, and IntranetWare and to a Personal NetWare workgroup at the same time.

This chapter describes how to install the network software. It does not cover how to install network cabling. The section ``Network Boards'' gives general information about network boards; for detailed information, refer to the documentation supplied with the network board.

To install the network, you must do the following:

Each computer that is part of the network must have a network board installed. The network board enables your computer to send information to, and receive it from, other computers that are part of the network. You also need to configure the network board.
All the computers that are to be part of this network must be linked together with special cables. There are several types of cable you can use.
The cable used and the network board must be compatible. In some cases, you need to use a connector to join the cable to the socket in the network board.
NOTE: If your computer is already part of a network, then cabling and the network board are already in place, and you do not need to do the above.

Decide which computers are to share resources, which computers are to use resources only, and which resources are to be shared. You might also want to ensure that usernames and resource names are consistent, and unique.
You must first configure Personal NetWare on a computer that is to share resources. You can then configure it on other computers that are to be part of the network.
Once the network hardware is in place, and you have installed Personal NetWare, you must create accounts for network users, so that they can use the shared resources, such as printers applications and data files. You can set up user accounts and resources for the network using the workgroup administration program, NET ADMIN.
NOTE: After you have installed Personal NetWare, and loaded the network on your computer for the first time, you can use the program SETUP /FIRST to create a simple network. The program lets you create or join a workgroup, create an account with a username you specify during installation, and specify which resources to share.

Network Boards

When you install the network board, you must configure it. Configuring the network board involves assigning particular values to certain settings on the board. These settings allow the network board to communicate with your computer.

With some network boards, you must configure the board by setting switches on the board manually, before you place it in the slot inside your computer. Other boards have a software program that allows you to configure the board after you have placed it inside your computer. Refer to the documentation for the network board to see if you have to configure the board before or after attaching it to your computer.

It is important that you keep a record of the settings you use to configure the network board, because you might need to supply this information when you configure Personal NetWare.

The settings for which you assign values are:

IRQ

Used by

IRQ

Used by

0

Timer output 0

8

Real time clock

1

Keyboard

9

Available

2

EGA/VGA

10

Available

3

COM2:

11

Available

4

COM1:

12

Available

5

LPT2:

13

Co-processor

6

Diskette

14

Hard disk

7

LPT1:

15

Available

NOTE: If you specify an interrupt for the network board that is already being used by another device, you can still install the network board, but the network software will not run successfully.

The base input/output port is a channel used by the network board to transfer information to the CPU. All hardware devices must use an I/O port unique to each device. The following table shows the
I/O ports and the devices that are most likely to use them. If your computer does not have one of these devices, the interrupt given for the device in the table might be available.

The base memory address specifies the location in memory that the network board uses to exchange information from your computer with other computers on the network. It is also known as the RAM start address. Some network boards do not use RAM; if your network board is one of these, you do not need to specify a value for this setting.
The base memory address often available for the network board is D800 (sometimes written as D8000).

Personal NetWare Initial Configuration

Before you begin configuring Personal NetWare, if you are new to networks, it is strongly recommended that you read Chapter 18, ``Introduction to Personal NetWare,'' and Chapter 19, ``Planning Your Network.'' Decide which computers are to share resources. The first computer on which you configure Personal NetWare must be a computer which you want to use to share resources.

To configure Personal NetWare, you must use the SETUP command. Unless you disabled the network option when you installed the operating system, INSTALL copied the network software to the directory C:\NWCLIENT, or the directory you specified. If you did disable that option when you installed the operating system, keep your installation diskettes close to hand, since SETUP may require some of the files contained on these diskettes in order to configure Personal NetWare.

When you configure the network software, your computer becomes a client for the network, or you can choose to make the computer a server as well. Use the following procedure to do both of these:

1. Move to the DRDOS directory, and at the system prompt, type

SETUP <Enter>

NOTE: To get online help in SETUP, press <F1>.

2. Choose the Networking option.

If the network files were not copied at installation time, SETUP detects this and prompts you to insert the appropriate installation diskette.

The Network Client/Desktop Server Configuration screen displays.

3. Select the Primary Network Interface Card.

If your computer is already connected to a NetWare or NetWare Lite(TM) network, SETUP detects the type of the network board used and displays the name of the board in the Primary Network Interface Card field.

If SETUP cannot detect the type of network board used, view the list of boards available. Choose one from the list, or if your board is not included in this list, select the OEM supplied driver option. SETUP asks you to supply a path name for the driver.

4. Select Share this computer's resources to allow the computer to share its resources such as disk drives and printers.

If this is the first computer on which you are configuring Personal NetWare, you must select this option. If you do not want to share the resources of this computer, but to use resources provided by other computers, do not select this option.

5. Select User of this computer and enter a name.

Personal NetWare uses the name you supply to generate a name for your computer that identifies it to other computers on the network. It also uses this name to generate names for the disk drives and printers that you want to share, and to give a username to the account it creates. The maximum length for this name is ten characters.

If you are unfamiliar with networks, press <Accept the above and continue> to proceed with the configuration. You do not need to follow the remaining steps in this procedure. Read the sections ``Personal NetWare Configuration Summary'' on page 3-9 and ``After Configuring'' on page 3-10 to find out what to do next. If necessary, you can use SETUP to change the default configuration for the network, after you have finished the initial Personal NetWare configuration.

If you are familiar with networks, you can use the remaining options on this screen to change the default configuration.

6. Press <Servers to connect to> to specify the types of servers to which you want to connect your computer.

You can choose to connect to NetWare 2.x, 3.x and 4.x servers, and Personal NetWare workgroups. To save memory, select only the types of servers that are part of the network you use.

7. You can specify a preferred NetWare server, tree, or workgroup.

If you specify a preferred server, tree or workgroup, Personal NetWare attempts to connect you to these when you load the network software.

8. Select the First Network Drive.

The first network drive is the drive used as a login drive. For example, if you have A: and B: as diskette drives, and C: as the hard disk drive, you could assign D: as the first network drive.

9. Press <Accept the above and continue> to return to the main screen.

10. Press <Network Management> to configure the network management, if you use it.

If you use SNMP, select this option. The NMR Network Management module is configured to load automatically; deselect this option if you do not want to use it.

11. Press <Accept the above and continue> to save any changes you have made and return to the main screen.

12. Select <Configure Primary Interface Card> to change the configuration information for the network board.

The information in this screen varies according to the type of network board you are using. SETUP displays the information supplied by the driver for the network board which is specified in the .INS file. If the settings displayed are not the same as the ones you used when you installed the network board you must change these settings displayed in SETUP.

For example, the following fields are displayed if you have an NE2000 board.

This is the interrupt request line that the network board uses to send a signal to the CPU.

This is the input/output port used by the network board to transfer information to the CPU.

This is the base memory address that specifies the location in memory used by the network board to exchange information with other computers on the network.

This is a means of identifying the board in your machine. The node address is unique to the board in your computer and is optional on Ethernet networks.

Information is sent across a network in packets, and the Media Frame Type tells the network drivers what type of header to use for the packets.

If you use NetWare 3.11 or earlier versions, make sure the media frame type 802.3 is specified. If you use NetWare 3.12 or later versions, make sure the media frame type 802.2 is specified.

13. Press <Accept the above and continue> to save the changes you have made and return to the main screen.

Once you have made all the configuration changes, press <Accept the above and continue> and then <Start Installation> to complete the process.

NOTE: If your computer is already part of a NetWare 2.x, 3.x or 4.x network, the driver and client software already exist on your machine, but SETUP replaces them with the versions supplied with this operating system.

SETUP places a request in your AUTOEXEC.BAT file (or AUTODOS7.BAt file if Windows 95 is also installed on your computer) to run a file called STARTNET.BAT. When you reboot your computer, the request to run STARTNET.BAT lets you choose whether or not to load the network. If you do not load the network when you reboot, you can load it later by running STARTNET.BAT.

Read the following sections ``Personal NetWare Configuration Summary'' and ``After Configuring'' on page 3-10 to see what to do next.

Personal NetWare Configuration Summary

The following is a summary of what the SETUP program does as it configures the network.

After Configuring

When the initial configuration is complete, quit SETUP and restart your computer. Answer Y to the prompt Load Network Software to load Personal NetWare. The SETUP /FIRST command in STARTNET.BAT runs the SETUP program so that you can

SETUP /FIRST displays a welcome screen which describes what the program does; choose to continue or to exit from SETUP /FIRST. If you do not use SETUP /FIRST, a user with workgroup administrator privileges must run the workgroup administration program, NET ADMIN, to create a workgroup, place the server in a workgroup, create accounts and specify the shared resources. The procedures for setting up the network with NET ADMIN are described in Chapter 20, ``Setting Up the Network.''

NOTE: You cannot use SETUP /FIRST on a computer that does not share resources until you have run it on one that does share resources.

SETUP /FIRST prompts you to enter a name for the workgroup. If you are using the first computer on which you have configured Personal NetWare, you must specify a name for the workgroup. Press <Accept the above and continue>. The next screen lets you specify which of the available resources you want to share. The default resources to share are all the hard disk drives on the computer, and the first parallel printer port. Change these, if necessary, and then press <Accept the above and continue>.

When you create a workgroup, an account called the SUPERVISOR account is created. This account has workgroup administrator privileges. There is only one SUPERVISOR account in each workgroup.

When you use SETUP /FIRST on computers that share resources, and later on computers that simply use resources, you also create an account for yourself in the workgroup. This account is given a username that is the same as the name you entered in the User of this computer option during configuration.

To exit SETUP /FIRST, press <Save Changes and Exit>. You are then logged in to the workgroup using the account created by
SETUP /FIRST. This account has the username specified during configuration, and the account has workgroup administrator privileges.

WARNING: Any account that has workgroup administrator privileges must be given a password to prevent use of the account by anyone other than the proper user.

After you have configured Personal NetWare on the other computers that share resources, you can use SETUP /FIRST to

When you use SETUP /FIRST on these computers, select the existing workgroup name instead of typing in a workgroup name. You can also use NET ADMIN to do the above.

After you have configured Personal NetWare on computers that are not going to share resources, you can use SETUP /FIRST to create an account in the workgroup for each user, using the name specified during configuration.

If you run SETUP /FIRST as described above, the following are true:

You now have a simple network set up. You may find that this network is sufficient for your needs. If so, then refer to the sections ``Managing Servers'' on page 20-14,'' ``Sharing Directories'' on page 20-24,'' and ``Sharing Printers'' on page 20-32'' to learn how to set these up for use.

If you want to create more accounts in the workgroup, or do not want every user to have workgroup administrator privileges, refer to ``Creating and Modifying User Accounts'' on page 20-6. If you are concerned about security, read Chapter 14, ``Securing Information.''

If your computer does not share resources, then refer to Chapter 21, ``Using the Network'' so you can make the best use of the resources available. It is also a good idea to set a password on your account as soon as possible; refer to the section ``Changing Your Password'' on page 21-35.

Upgrading from NetWare Lite

If you already use NetWare Lite, there is a program, NLMIGRAT, provided with this operating system so that you can easily move from NetWare Lite to Personal NetWare.

Using NLMIGRAT transfers the following components of your NetWare Lite network to Personal NetWare:

In order to transfer these resources, you must have

Configured Personal NetWare and chosen to share the resources on a computer that is also a NetWare Lite server before configuring Personal NetWare on any other computer.

Created a workgroup for the Personal NetWare server using
SETUP /FIRST or NET ADMIN.

Logged in to the workgroup using the SUPERVISOR account.

Once you have configured Personal NetWare on the first computer that shares resources and run SETUP /FIRST, there are two accounts available in the workgroup; a user account and the SUPERVISOR account. The SUPERVISOR account gives you sufficient administrative rights to transfer all the NetWare Lite resources.

To run this program, at the system prompt, type

NLMIGRAT <Enter>

The program transfers the NetWare Lite components in the following order:

After you have transferred the NetWare Lite components to Personal NetWare, restart your computer, and load the new network.

The upgrade program cannot move the NetWare Lite user passwords because the passwords are encrypted. Once you have loaded Personal NetWare, you must reset each user password. Refer to ``Creating and Modifying User Accounts'' on page 20-6, to learn how to set passwords.

If all the NetWare Lite resources are not transferred, it might be because the account you used does not have the correct administrative rights. The administrative rights and the NetWare Lite resources you can transfer with those rights are shown as follows:

If your account is the

You can transfer

Server Owner

Server settings, resources (directories and printers), and access rights

Server Manager

Server settings, resources (directories and printers), and access rights

Workgroup Administrator

Workgroup audit, and user accounts

The SUPERVISOR account always has workgroup administrator privileges, and is also the server owner unless another account has been designated the server owner. Use NET ADMIN (the workgroup administration program) to change the level of administrative rights for an account. NET ADMIN is described in Chapter 20, ``Setting Up the Network.''


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