DEC Pathworks Remote Boot Workstations Under Windows 3.1

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If you use a Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) Pathworks disklessworkstations, you need to take the additional steps described in thisarticle when installing Windows version 3.1.

You need to place loadable drivers provided with Windows 3.1 (forexample, HIMEM.SYS, EMM386.EXE, RAMDRIVE.SYS, SMARTDRV.EXE, and soon.) on the boot disk for floppy based systems, or the bootable sharefor diskless workstations.
DEC Pathworks handles remote boot stations differently than othernetworks. It creates a floppy disk from which to boot. In the case ofan actual floppy-based system, this makes sense; however, on adiskless workstation, this can be confusing.

The network creates a bootable disk-service share with theworkstations node address as the name. The boot share is given thedrive letter C by the network. Another share must be created by theadministrator to contain the workstation's Windows directory or anyother applications they may use.

When the station is set up by the network, the administrator has achoice of floppy-disk sizes; the largest size for the boot share for adiskless station is 1.44 MB. In this area, DEC puts a DECNET directorycontaining the basic network functions necessary to connect and usethe DECNET master share. Because this does not leave much room foranything else, The MS-DOS command SETUP /N should be pointed to acommon file service share.

Another point to remember is that loadable drivers provided byWindows, HIMEM.SYS, EMM386.EXE, RAMDRIVE.SYS, SMARTDRV.EXE, and so on,must be placed on the boot disk for floppy-based systems, or thebootable share for diskless workstations. This is because theconnection to the main Windows share, or the workstation's Windowsshare, is not established until STARTNET.BAT is run in theAUTOEXEC.BAT.
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