The compact disc for Windows NT Server version 3.5 includes a tool called
the Network Client administrator. This tool can be used to create boot
disks and setup disks for the setup of Windows for Workgroups version 3.11
and The Microsoft Network client version 3.0. However, this tool provides
only a limited selection of NDIS2 drivers.
This article describes a workaround for adding NDIS2 drivers that are not
on the Windows NT Server 3.5 compact disc. The information in this
article is applicable to any generic NDIS2 driver.
Follow these steps to add an NDIS2 driver to the Network Client
Copy the \Clients subdirectory from the Windows NT Server compact disc
to your hard disk. This requires 49 megabytes (MB) of disk space.
To save disk space, copy just the \Clients\Msclient and \Clients\Wfw
subdirectories. Also copy the file Ncadmin.inf to the \Clients
subdirectory on your hard disk.
Share the \Clients subdirectory on your hard disk.
Copy the [netcard] section from your NDIS2 driver's Oemsetup.inf
file to the [netcard] section of the file Wcnet.inf, found in the
\Clients\Msclient\Netsetup subdirectory, if you're making a boot disk.
Follow the same procedure for making a setup disk set, except add the
changes to the file Wcnet.inf, found in the
For example, the following is the [netcard] section of the Compaq
NetFlx driver's Oemsetup.inf file:
param=earlyrelease,"Early Release Option",keyonly,,,0x02
param=maxrequests,"Maximum number of general requests",int,"3,10,1",
<continued line> 3,0x02
param=maxmulticasts,"Maximum number of multicast addresses",int,"1,
<continued line> 50,1",16,0x02
param=maxtransmits,"Maximum number of queued transmits",int,"3,50,1",
<continued line> 10,0x02
param=maxreceives,"Maximum Receive Buffers",int,"3,30,1",3,0x02
param=maxframesize,"Maximum frame size",int,"256,17952,8",4096,0x02
In the appended header section of the Wcnet.inf file, remove the
"devdir" and "device" lines. Add the line, "ndis2=1:<drivername>" and
save the Wcnet.inf file.
This is the resultant header section of the Wcnet.inf file in the
Compaq NetFlx example:
Copy the NDIS2 driver to the \Clients\Msclient\Netsetup subdirectory.
Follow the same procedure for making a setup disk set, except copy the
NDIS2 driver to the \Clients\Msclient\Disks\Disk1 subdirectory.
In the Compaq NetFlx example, copy the file Netflx.dos to the
\Clients\Msclient\Netsetup subdirectory, or to the
\Clients\Msclient\Disks\Disk1 subdirectory if you are making a setup
You can use the Network Client administrator to create the boot floppy disk
for this new NDIS2 driver, or the driver will be available in the
installation disk set. The new driver will then be available from the GUI
interface of the Network Client administrator.