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How To Create an MS-DOS Network Startup Disk in Windows Server 2003

Support for Windows Server 2003 ended on July 14, 2015

Microsoft ended support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

This article was previously published under Q325848
For a Microsoft Windows 2000 version of this article, see 252448.

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SUMMARY
This step-by-step article describes how to create an MS-DOS network startup disk in Windows Server 2003.

Windows Server 2003 does not contain an equivalent to the Network Client Administrator tool that is included with Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0. You can use the Network Client Administrator tool to create an MS-DOS network startup disk. You can run the Network Client Administrator tool for the x86 platform in Windows Server 2003.

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Set Up the Network Client Administrator Program

  1. Create a folder that is named Ncadmin in the root folder of drive C.
  2. Copy the following files from the I386 folder on the Windows NT Server 4.0 CD-ROM to the c:\Ncadmin folder you created in step 1:
    Ncadmin.cn_
    Ncadmin.ex_
    Ncadmin.hl_
    NOTE: You also must have access to the CD-ROM drive letter:\Clients folder on the Windows NT 4.0 CD-ROM.
  3. At a command prompt, change to the C:\Ncadmin folder.
  4. Type expand -r ncadmin.*, and then press ENTER.
  5. Double-click the Ncadmin.exe file in the c:\Ncadmin folder, and then follow the instructions on the screen to create an MS-DOS network startup disk.
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REFERENCES
For more information about the Windows NT Server 4.0 Network Client Administrator tool, see the Ncadmin.hlp file in the c:\Ncadmin folder.

For additional information about what to do if there are no supported drivers, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
142857 How to Create a Network Installation Boot Disk
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Article ID: 325848 - Last Review: 12/03/2007 04:45:54 - Revision: 7.4

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, 64-Bit Datacenter Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard Edition
  • kbmgmtservices kbhowto kbhowtomaster kbnetwork KB325848
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