Contents of the ZEP.DOC file
ZeppeLAN (tm) User's Guide
Chapter 1. Introduction
ZeppeLAN (ZEP) is a program that allows a NetWare user to manage
certain parts of the NetWare local area network (LAN) environment
with less trouble than is usually required with the NetWare
You can run ZEP in one of two ways: as a memory-resident popup
program or from the DOS command line. Both modes are functionally the
same. The memory-resident mode is available from within other
applications when you press a hot key. To run the command-line
version, you must exit your application or shell out to the DOS
prompt from within the application you are running. As an
alternative, you can install the command-line ZEP program in a
Windows or DesqView window or as a swapped task under the DOS 5
DOSSHELL program's task swapper.
The shareware version of ZEP, which this document describes, includes
several work station desktop applications, including shared printer
selection, a telephone dialer, logging on and off the network, and
sending one-line messages to other logged-on users or groups. Each of
these processes is described fully in the chapters that follow.
The commercial version of ZEP, which you get when you register the
shareware version, adds support for multiple file servers, allows you
to capture the output of all your printer ports, and includes
electronic memos between network users and on-line mapping of network
drives to network directories.
Following is a description of the differences between the commercial
and shareware versions.
1. The memory-resident mode of the shareware version is fully memory
resident and occupies about 50K of conventional DOS memory. The
commercial version swaps most of the program to expanded or extended
memory or to a swap disk file. The memory-resident part occupies only
about 5K of conventional DOS memory.
2. The commercial version of ZEP works with multiple file servers in
a LAN. The shareware version works only with a work station's primary
3. The commercial version allows you to concurrently capture the
output from LPT1, LPT2, and LPT3 to selected network print queues
across file servers. The shareware version captures LPT1 only to
print queues on the work station's primary file server.
4. The commercial version allows you to select a Print Configuration
that you define with NetWare's PRINTCON program. The shareware
version does not give you access to Print Configurations.
5. The commercial version includes the ZEP Electronic Memo feature
that allows you to exchange memos with other users on the network.
The shareware version does not include this feature.
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6. The commercial version allows you to log in and out of file
servers on the network from within the program. The shareware version
7. The commercial version allows you to map network drives to network
directories from within the program. The shareware version does not.
8. The shareware version includes an on-line product registration
form that you can fill out and print from within the program. The
commercial version does not include this form since it assumes that
you are already registered.
9. The commercial version includes a printed copy of the user's
manual, upgrades to new versions for a reduced cost, and telephone
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Chapter 2. Installation
This chapter is about the installation of ZEP onto a network.
Usually, the Network Administrator or SUPERVISOR user will install
the program files on the network file server. Users may install their
own configurations by using command line options when they load or
run the program. As an alternative, a work station user can install a
private copy of the programs. ZEP does not need to be installed on
the file server.
2.1 System Requirements
To run ZEP, you must have NetWare version 2.15 or greater, DOS
version 3.0 or greater, and at least 70K available in your
workstation's conventional memory if you are going to load ZEP as a
memory-resident program. Note that the commercial version, which you
get when you register, requires only 5K.
2.2 Files in the ZEP Distribution
Whether you downloaded ZEP from an on-line service or bulletin board
service or purchased it from a shareware diskette vendor, you will
have these files:
ZEP.EXE The load module for the memory-resident program.
ZEPLAN.EXE The command line program and the transient part of
the memory-resident program.
ZEP.HLP The Help database.
HOTKEY.EXE A program to help you determine hot key scan codes
and shift masks to customize the hot key with a
ZEP.DOC This documentation file.
2.2 Installing the ZEP Software
1. Log onto a file server as the SUPERVISOR user or a user with
2. Copy the files ZEP.EXE, ZEPLAN.EXE, ZEP.HLP, and HOTKEY.EXE into a
publicly available subdirectory on the file server. Add a search path
to the subdirectory in the NetWare System Login Script so that
everyone can find and load the software into their work stations. The
simplest way to install ZEP is to copy the files into the SYS:\PUBLIC
3. Set up the NetWare print queues with the NetWare PCONSOLE utility
program. When you associate print queues with printers, name the
queues with names that are meaningful to the users. The users will
see these print queue names when they select a printer to which they
want to direct the print output from their applications programs.
4. The HOTKEY.EXE program is a utility program that displays the ZEP
command-line option for selected hot keys. If a user wants to change
the ZEP hot key, this program will help. The instructions for running
it are here. Enter its name, HOTKEY, on the command line. The program
will display this message:
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Hot Key Code Computation (Enter for hot key codes.)
Press Hot Key...
Press different hot key combinations. As you do, the program will
display the name of what you entered as shown in this message:
Press Hot Key...Alt+LeftShift+N
When you have pressed the hot key combination that you want and its
name is displaying in the message just shown, press the Enter key.
The program will display this message:
Alt+LeftShift+N = BIOS Shift Mask: 0a, Keyboard Scan Code: 31
Example command line:
The example command line is the way you would run ZEP to change the
command line to Alt+LeftShift+N. See Chapter 3 for a discussion of
command line options.
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Chapter 3. Running ZEP
You run ZEP either as a memory-resident program or as a normal DOS
program from the command line. Both operating modes have command line
options that follow the program's name on the command line.
3.1 Command Line Options
Following are the command line options for ZEP when you run it in
either the memory-resident mode or as a DOS program from the command
line. A command line option consists of plus (+) or minus (-)
followed by a letter, which may be upper or lower case. Some options
have more information after the letter.
+c1 or +c2 - Set the Dialer Communications Port
This option sets the Dialer's communication port to COM1 or COM2. Use
C1 for COM1 and C2 for COM2. This communications port is the port to
which your modem is connected. C1 is the default.
+m - Use monochrome display
This option tells ZEP to use monochrome (black and white) screens
instead of color screens. You would use this option if you have a
monochrome display monitor attached to a color card and the resulting
screens are difficult to read or unattractive. Some laptop screens
are easier to view with this option. ZEP will use this option
automatically if you have a Monochrome Display Adaptor in your
The next option applies to ZEP's memory-resident mode only.
+h - Set the Hot Key
This option sets the ZEP hot key, the key combination that you press
to pop up ZEP. You would use this option if the default hot key,
Alt+LeftShift+P, interferes with keys used by other programs that you
run. You enter a two-digit keyboard scan code followed by a two-digit
shift mask after the H on the command line. For example, to set the
hot key to Alt+LeftShift+N, use this command line option:
The scan code and shift mask values are hexadecimal, and the
HOTKEY.EXE program described in Chapter 2 will tell you what its
values can be.
3.2 Loading Memory-resident ZEP
You load ZEP into memory as a memory-resident program by entering its
name on the command line like this:
Follow the program name with any command line options you wish to
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make. For example, to load ZEP so that it uses COM2 for the Dialer,
enter this command:
ZEP displays this screen when you load it.
ZeppeLAN Version 1.0 (Shareware)
Copyright (c) 1992 Contact Plus Corp. All Rights Reserved
Hot Key = [Alt+LeftShift+P], Help = [F1]
NOTE: UNREGISTERED COPY. SELECT Register ON THE MAIN MENU.
You have used the unregistered ZeppeLAN 4 times
The message at the bottom of the display tells you how many times you
have used the shareware version. It is a reminder that you should
register the program and get the commercial version.
3.3 Popping Up ZEP
After you have loaded ZEP into memory, you may pop it up onto the
screen at any time as long as whatever you are running is not a
graphics program. To pop it up, press the hot key. ZEP pops up this
You can move the cursor bar up and down the menu with the up and down
arrow keys. Press Enter to select one of ZEP's commands. You can move
the cursor to a command by typing the first letter of the command.
3.4 Popping Down
To return to the program that you interrupted to run ZEP, press the
Esc key while the Main Menu is being displayed.
3.5 Unloading ZEP
To unload ZEP from memory, select the Unload command on the Main
Menu. Use this command only when you have popped ZEP up from the DOS
command line and when no other memory-resident programs are resident
above ZEP. If another program is running or resident above ZEP, ZEP
cannot unload itself and will display an error message to that
effect. A memory-resident program is above ZEP if you loaded it after
you loaded ZEP.
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3.6 Running ZEP from the DOS Command Line
If you do not want to keep ZEP resident in memory, you can run it as
a DOS command line program. Its operation is the same as when it is
memory resident except that you will not see the Unload command on
the Main Menu. To run ZEP from the command line, enter this command:
ZEP will take over the entire screen with a background display, and
will display the Main Menu as shown above without the Unload command.
When you press the Esc key from the Main Menu, ZEP will exit to the
DOS command line. All of the changes that you made by using ZEP will
still be in effect, however.
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Chapter 4. On-Line Help
ZEP provides context-sensitive on-line help. Press F1 at any time
during the operation of ZEP to see a window that displays what is
going on. After you have read the help window, press any key to
return to ZEP.
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Chapter 5. Printing
ZEP's primary function is to allow you to select network printers. In
the usual NetWare environment, you must select and de-select a
network printer from the DOS command line by using the NetWare
CAPTURE and ENDCAP commands. To use those commands, you must exit
from your application. With ZEP, you can select a network printer by
popping up ZEP and selecting the Printing command on the Main Menu.
5.1 Selecting a Network Printer
When you select the Printing command on the Main menu, ZEP displays
the Printer menu, which looks like this.
LPT Capture (off)
View Print Job Queues
The shareware version of ZEP captures one printer port only, LPT1.
The LPT Capture command indicates whether capturing to LPT1 is on or
off. To start capturing or to change the capture to a different
network printer, select the LPT Capture command on the Printer menu.
You will see a list of network printers as shown here.
Capture to LPT1
The list shows all the network printers that are available for you to
print to. Move the menu cursor to the printer you want to select and
press Enter. ZEP will display the LPT Printer menu again with the
(on) token shown next to the LPT Capture command.
5.6 End Capture
To end the capture of a printer port, select the End Capture command
on the printer menu. The capture will stop.
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5.7 View Print Job Queues
Use the View Print Job Queues command on the Printer menu to view the
print jobs that are queued to each network printer. The command will
display a list of the network printers like this:
Print Job Queues
Move the menu cursor to a network printer entry and press Enter. ZEP
will display the print jobs in the queue like this:
Seq Job User Banner Copies Size
1 336 ED Daily Memos 1 287
2 608 ED Daily Memos 1 12166
The Seq field is the sequence assigned by NetWare to the print job
and indicates the order in which the jobs are to be printed. The Job
field is a job number assigned by NetWare.
5.8 Deleting a Print Job
To delete a print job from the network printer's print job queue,
move the menu cursor to the print job and press the Del key. The job
will be removed from the queue if you are the user who originated the
job or if you are the Network Administrator or the assigned queue
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Chapter 6. Dialer
ZEP includes a telephone dialer program. Each user has a personal
phone book with names and telephone numbers. You can add, change, and
delete entries in the phone book. ZEP will dial the numbers through
To run the dialer, select the Dialer command on the Main menu.
6.1 Phone Book
The Dialer command displays your personal phone book as shown here.
If there are no entries in the phone book, the Dialer command will
proceed to the procedure discussed in Adding an Entry below.
To select a phone book entry for dialing or changing, move the menu
cursor to the entry and press the Enter key. To add an entry to the
phone book, press the Ins key.
6.2 Adding an Entry
When you add an entry to your phone book, ZEP displays a blank phone
book entry form as shown here.
Phone Book Entry
(F2 to dial)
Type a name into the Name field and a phone number into the Phone
field. You can move between the fields by pressing Enter, Tab, or the
arrow keys. When you are done, press Esc. ZEP will ask this question:
Add the entry
Select Yes to add the entry to the phone book. The Dialer will
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display another blank entry window so that you can add more entries
to the phone book.
6.3 Changing an Entry
To change an entry in your phone book, select the entry in the Phone
Book list window and press Enter. The Dialer will display the entry
with its current values as shown here.
Phone Book Entry
Name: Bert Francis
(F2 to dial)
Change the entry by moving between the fields and typing new values.
When you are done, press Esc. ZEP will ask this question:
Change the entry
Select Yes to change the entry in the phone book.
6.4 Deleting an Entry
To delete an entry from your phone book, display the Phone Book list,
move the menu cursor to the entry you want to delete, and press the
Del key. The Dialer will ask you to confirm the delete by answering
Delete Bert Francis
Select Yes to delete the entry from the phone book.
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To dial a number from your phone book, select the entry in the Phone
Book list window and press Enter. The Dialer will display the entry
as shown here.
Phone Book Entry
Name: Bert Francis
(F2 to dial)
Press the F2 key. The Dialer will begin dialing the phone number
through your modem. While it is dialing, it will display this
When it is done dialing, the Dialer will display this message.
Pick up the phone and then
Press any key
Be sure to pick up the phone before you press a key. Pressing a key
is your way of telling the dialer that you have the phone off the
hook and it is OK for the dialer to hang up the modem. With the phone
off the hook, the connection is not broken, and your call may
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Chapter 7. Users Command
The Users command on the Main menu allows you to send one-line
messages to other users and set your login password. When you select
the Users command, you see a list of the users who are currently
logged onto the network as shown here.
Ed Watson (+)
The entry with the (+) token is you. The (+) token indicates that
you currently have messages enabled, which means that NetWare and
other users can interrupt your processing with a one-line message at
the bottom of the screen. If you did not have messages enabled, the
token would be (-). See Enabling and Disabling Messages in this
NetWare users have two names: their login userid and a so-called
"full name." Your userid is a nickname that you use to log into the
network. The Network Administrator assigns full names to login userid
accounts with the NetWare SYSCON utility program. If you have a full
name, ZEP uses it to display lists of users. If you do not have a
full name, ZEP uses your login userid.
7.2 Sending a Message to a User
You can send a one-line message to a user from the Users list shown
above. Move the menu cursor to one of the users other than yourself
and press Enter. You will see this message entry window.
Send Message to John Martinez
Type a message into the window and press Enter to send the message or
Esc to reject it. If the user has messages enabled or if the user's
message buffer is full, you will get an error message to tell you
that the message is not delivered.
7.3 Enabling and Disabling Messages
You can enable and disable one-line messages to yourself by using
ZEP. You would do this when you do not want to be interrupted. Some
programs, such as communications programs, should not be interrupted
in the manner that the NetWare messages do it.
Select one of your own entries from the Users list shown above. You
will see the User menu shown here.
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With the menu cursor on the first selection, press the Enter key to
toggle between Messages Disabled and Messages Enabled. Press Esc when
the command reflects the condition you want.
7.4 Setting Your Login Password
To set your login password, select the Change Password command from
the User menu. You will see this entry window.
Type your old password if you had one before this. Observe that all
password entries echo to the screen as asterisks regardless of what
you type. This is to prevent an onlooker from discovering your
password when you enter it. ZEP will display this entry window.
Type the new password you want to use. If you want to remove the
password completely, press the Enter key without entering a password.
If you are entering a new password, ZEP will display this entry
window. Its purpose is to assure that you made no keying errors and
that the password is the one you want to establish.
Enter Password Again
Enter the password a second time. If the password is accepted, ZEP
will return to the User menu. If it is not, you will get an error
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Chapter 8. Registration
When you register your shareware copy of ZEP, you receive many
benefits, including the commercial version of ZEP, printed user
documentation, customer support on our support hot line, free
upgrades for one year, and low-cost upgrades after that.
Registration costs $95. Select the Register command on the Main menu.
If you have used your shareware ZEP more than 30 times, ZEP
automatically executes the Register command each time you load the
program. This procedure does not mean that you cannot use the program
without registering at that time or that you must complete the
registration before using the program any more. Simply press Esc to
go to the Main menu if you do not want to register right away.
Eventually, however, you should register the program. That is what
makes the shareware concept work. You can try out the program for a
while. If it turns out to be useful to you, then and only then do you
pay for it.
The Register command displays the Registration form as shown here.
ZEP Registration Form
Diskette 3.5: [ ] (y/n)
5.25: [ ] (y/n)
Move up and down the fields with the up and down arrow keys or the
Enter key. Type your name, address, and phone number. If you wish to
pay by credit card, enter your MasterCard or Visa number and its
expiration date. Put a 'Y' next to the diskette size you want. When
the form is complete, press Esc. You will see this question.
Print the ZEP Registration Form
If you have already selected a printer to capture LPT1, or if a
printer is connected locally to your LPT1 port, select Yes to print
the form. If not, select No, and set up your printer. Use the
Register command on the Main menu again to return here. The form will
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still have the data you typed and you can print it.
Fold the printed registration form on the dotted lines, insert a
check if you are not paying by credit card, staple the form, put a
stamp on it and mail it.