Dec 262017
Provides help in setting up a Lantastic network for PcBoard.
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The following information is a base level list of instructions for
setting up PCBoard on a LANtastic network:

There are MANY different CORRECT AND WORKABLE methods of setting up a
LANtastic network to work with PCBoard. So many in fact that it can be
very confusing in trying to help a user set up a LANtastic network with
PCBoard. For simplicity's sake the instructions below will be for
setting up a network where one machine is a server and two other
machines are simply workstations on the network.

Another choice for simplicity's sake is that all nodes will use the same
CNAMES file. This means that all DOORS, all BULLETINS, all DIR FILES,
etc will all be homogenous (i.e. they will not be different from one
node to another). All uploads will go to the server and all available
downloads will come from the server.

This configuration will NOT be the best performing configuration .. but
it WILL be the easiest to understand. After you get it up and running
you will probably feel more confident about setting up variations with
multiple servers or download files that are local to each workstation.

First, let's get straight what we are talking about. I'm going to refer
to the server as NODE1. This machine is the one that stores the USERS
file, the MSGS files and their respective index files and all uploads
and downloadable files.

The other machines are referred to as NODE2 and NODE3. Let's begin...

1) This is the most important step so do this before you do anything
else on your system! Set up PCBoard on NODE1 and get it working
without problems before continuing.

You should go to the "Options #1" screen in PCBSetup and answer YES
to the question "Running under a network" and answer "1" to the
question "Node number if on a network". Your network timeout should
be set to at least 20 and the chat delay should be at least 5 if not

2) Now install your LANtastic network card and software per Artisoft's
installation instructions.

3) These are sample CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files so far:


cd \lantasti
lanbios irq=5 address=6 sessions=20 ncbs=20 timeout=40 verbose
redir N1

4) Run NET_MGR which is a program for configuring your software and
for determining which resources from your server will be available
to other machines on the network.

5) Go to the "Network Access Information" selection and press enter.
This brings you to a screen that shows a list of NETWORK NAMES and
the DEVICES on the server which they represent.

6) Press the INSERT key to add a new NAME/DEVICE to the list. Net_Mgr
then asks you for a name. Type in CROOT and press enter. CROOT
will now show up on the list with no device listed to the right of
it on the screen.

7) Now position the selection bar on "CROOT" and press enter. Next
position the selection bar on "Link Path" and press enter. Net_Mgr
then asks you for the name of the device or path which "CROOT" is to
represent. Type "C:" and press enter. Press ESC once and you are
now back to the menu you saw in step 5 except that CROOT now has a
"C:" to the right of it on the menu. Basically what we've done is
told the networking software that we will refer to drive C: by the
name of CROOT from the other workstations.

Repeat steps 6 and 7 for each DRIVE on your server that you want to
share over the network. For example, if we have drives D: and E: on
the server and we want to share them on the network then we would
add the names DROOT and EROOT to the menu in step #6. Then in step
#7 we would attach "D:" to DROOT and "E:" to "EROOT". Our menu at
this point could look something like this:

Directories/devices => Links


8) Press ESC to exit Net_Mgr and save the above setup. Now we'll move
on to NODE2 - our first workstation machine on the network.

9) The workstations on the network are going to refer to NODE1's drive
C: by a different letter than drive C:. This will cause some
confusion if on NODE1 calls it C: but NODE2 calls the same drive by
the letter H: or some other letter. To resolve some of this
confusion we are going to use the DOS command SUBST to create a few
aliases for the server's drives. Modify the AUTOEXEC.BAT file we
created in step #3 above to look like this:

cd \lantasti
lanbios irq=5 address=6 sessions=20 ncbs=20 timeout=40 verbose
redir N1
subst h: c:\ /
subst i: d:\ < These 3 lines are the new ones
subst j: e:\ \

With the above modifications the next time you reboot you will now
find that you have a drive H:, a drive I: and a drive J: on your
system. You don't really have 3 new drives .. as I said, these are
simply aliases. For example if you change to drive H: and type DIR
to view the directory of drive H: you'll find the same list of files
that are available on drive C:. Drive I: will show the files found
on drive D: and drive J: the files on drive E:.

10) Now let's go into PCBSetup and make some modifications... In the
"File Locations 1" and "File Locations 2" screens locate every
reference to drive C: and change it to drive H:. Any references to
drive D: should be changed to drive I: and any references to drive
E: should be changed to drive J:.

Example: Name/Loc of Users File: C:\PCB\MAIN\USERS
-- becomes -- H:\PCB\MAIN\USERS

Before you leave the "File Locations 1" screen place your cursor in
the FSEC field and press F2 to edit that field. You will note that
the first column on the left of the screen is for DRIVES and PATHS.
If you have specified any drive letters in this field they too must
be changed from C:/D:/E: to H:/I:/J:. Press ESC to save your new
FSEC file.

Now do the same thing on the UPSEC file.

11) Now go to the "Main Board Configuration" screen in PCBSetup. Once
there you will again need to change all references to drive letters
from C:/D:/E: to H:/I:/J:.

Before you leave that screen remember to position your cursor in
each of the following fields: DOORS.LST, BLT.LST, SCRIPT.LST,
DIR.LST and DLPATH.LST and press F2 to edit those files .. again
changing drive letters as you have done above.

12) Now move on to each of the conferences you have and do the same
thing that you did for step #11.

13) Now press ESC from PCBSetup's main menu and select YES to save your
new PCBOARD.DAT and CNAMES files out to disk.

14) Finally, add the following lines to your AUTOEXEC.BAT file so that
it will automatically bring up PCBoard when it is booted:


All of the above has probably seemed pretty tedious and a lot of work by
now .. but believe me, the work will SIMPLIFY your understanding of the
network and get you up to speed much quicker than any other method.
Again, it may not be the fastest configuration - but for first time
users the old KISS (keep it simple, stupid) formula usually works best!

Now let's move onto NODE2 which is our first workstation. This is where
the fun finally begins!!!

15) Install your LANtastic cards, software and cables as specified in
the LANtastic manual.

16) Set up your CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files similar to those
shown below and then reboot.


cd \lantasti
lanbios irq=5 address=6 sessions=20 ncbs=20 timeout=40 verbose
redir N2
net login \\N1 NODE2
net clock \\N1
net use h: \\N1\CROOT
net use i: \\N1\DROOT
net use j: \\N1\EROOT

The above will log this machine into NODE1. It then sets its clock
according to the clock in NODE1 so that both machines are
synchronized. And finally it sets itself up with drives H:, I: and
J: all of which will actually refer to drives found on NODE1.

17) After you have rebooted you should be able to changed to drive H:
and type DIR and you will see a list of files found on NODE1's drive
C:. Changing to drive I: will find files found on NODE1's drive D:
and on drive J: you'll find the files on NODE1's drive E:.

Before you get confused ... REMEMBER THIS: whether you are on NODE1
or NODE2 you will get the SAME list of files if you switch to drive
H:. The same is true for drives I: and J:. The best thing to do is
forget that drives C:, D: and E: exist on NODE1 .. instead always
refer to them as H:, I: and J: from now on!

18) Now on drive C: of NODE2 create a directory called \PCB. In that
directory we will place all of the files necessary to run PCBoard
from that machine. Type the following commands:


19) Now go into PCBSetup in the "Options 1" screen and change the NODE
NUMBER from 1 to 2. Then save your new setup.

20) Finally, add the following lines to your AUTOEXEC.BAT file so that
it will automatically bring up PCBoard when it is booted:


Reboot NODE1 first and once it is running PCBoard reboot NODE2 and you
should now have two nodes online. On to NODE3.... (are we having fun

21) Repeat steps 15 thru 20 on this machine -- except in step #19 you
should change the NODE NUMBER to 3. Now wasn't that easy?

Now with NODE1 and NODE2 up and running boot NODE3 and you should now
have three nodes up and running. Congratulations!


NOTE: all of the above was put together fairly quickly and is not
guaranteed to be error free. If you have any problems with the
instructions please leave your questions/modifications as a message to
DAVID TERRY in the LANtastic conference on the Salt Air BBS.

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