Sharing CD-ROM through Win95 on Netware

Posted on 1997-11-12
Last Modified: 2013-12-16
I am trying to share my CD-ROM drive from my Win95 workstation on a Netware 3.12 network.  My win95 configuration doesn't include the "sharing" option when looking at the settings for my CD-ROM drive.  Therefore not being able to share it.

When I go into the properties of the CD-ROM drive (D:) through My Computer, there is no Sharing tab, just a General tab.   I've obviously got some settings incorrect.   What "background" info do I need to take
care of?

The full set of installed components in my network "control box" within the Control Panel is:
Client for Microsoft networks
Novell Netware Client32
Dial up adapter
NE2000 compatible
Novell ODINSUP  
IPX 32 bit protocol for Client32 -> Dial up adaptor
IPX 32 bit protocol for Client32 -> NE2000 compatible
IPX 32 bit protocol for Client32 -> Novell ODINSUP  
IPX/SPX compatible protocol -> Novell ODINSUP
TCP/IP  -> Dial up adaptor
File and printer sharing for Microsoft Networks.
Question by:raheesom
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Expert Comment

ID: 1751696
Have you actually enabled teh filesharing? There is a button for "file and print sharing" in teh networking control panel. Is the sharings enabled?

Author Comment

ID: 1751697
Yes, I would have thought that the

"File and printer sharing for Microsoft Networks. "

line in the network settings above would have reflected this.

I've double checked, and yes:  one is able to share files and/or printers through that button.  I have the file sharing enabled.

Perhaps there are settings elsewhere which I am unaware of?

Author Comment

ID: 1751698
I've checked whether disabling, then enabling the file sharing helped: it did.   Perhaps it had been disabled when I installed Novell's Client32 onto the machine.

However, now, even though I'm able to specify any device are sharable, with names, etc.    When I look in Explorer's Network Neighbourhood for my CD drive, it ISN'T THERE.    That goes for any device I try to share.

If I try to access the CD by using Start/Run then "\\computer\device" as a UNC, I can see it at my machine, but no-one else's.

I've tried sharing another machine's C drive with the same results:  locally they can see it, but not remotely.  

It looks very much like the workstations aren't advertising the shared devices on the netBEUI network (or netBEUI is not working).

Right this moment; when I tried connecting to the internet via DUN, I was informed that the file sharing was using TCP/IP (and whether to disable it for internet access).    How would file sharing use TCP/IP? The only line in my network setup which could come close to this is "NetBEUI -> ODINSUP".   Looking at the properties of this confirms it's use:  "client for Microsoft networks" and "File and printer sharing for Microsoft networks".

Does this make the problem any clearer?

BTW I'm now using Novell's Intranetware client 2.2 for win95.
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Author Comment

ID: 1751699
Adjusted points to 100

Expert Comment

ID: 1751700
is Novell ODINSUP a real mode driver (resident TSR) support ?

Accepted Solution

lkandia earned 100 total points
ID: 1751701
Depending upon which protocol you want to be the one doing the sharing, make sure that you have File and Printer sharing turned on under your THAT protocol's "properties/bindings" tab.  More than likely it is turned off.

Expert Comment

ID: 1751702
Have you tried right-clicking on the CD icon under "My Computer"?
Then select sharing to enable the network to use that drive.

Expert Comment

ID: 1751703
I forgot to mention: Don't click on properties of the CD-Rom uder My Computer.  There should be a "Sharing.." option in the drop-down menu when you right-click on the CD's icon.

Expert Comment

ID: 1751704
If you really have sharing enabled, a hand should appear under the icon of the shared device.  With a hard there, windows should be setup correctly.    Just because sharing is turned on doesn't mean that windows knows how to advertise it.
R click on cd rom drive.  L click sharing or properties.  Click on sharing tab to tell windows what to advertise the cd rom drive as, name, comments, password access etc. This should create that hand symbol on the icon for the drive and allow other nodes to see it.

Author Comment

ID: 1751705
I would like IPX to be carrying the sharing traffic, so I've tried fiddling around with IPX and TCP/IP settings.  

To get sharing enabled under IPX, I had a look at the
NOvell ODINSUP adaptor and enabled IPX under it.   Also enabled MS networks / sharing under the IPX ->ODINSUP protocol.   Of course the file/printer sharing was enabled under the "File/Printer sharing" button.   After rebooting sharing was NOT available.

When trying the sharing under TCP/IP, I enabled "MS networks" and "sharing" under the "TCP/IP ->Dial up Adaptor" protocol.  After rebooting, sharing seemed to be active (hand under D:, sharing tab in object menu) but CD-ROM was NOT visible in Networkneigbourhood.

One thing I did see was the warning: "You have not selected any drivers to bind with.." when deselecting "MS network" and "sharing" under the "TCP/IP -> Dial up Adaptor" protocol.

I'm now suspecting that I'm trying to do things backwards:
Is Novell's ODINSUP there to be able to run Intranetware client over MS's NDIS drivers?   If so, and I'm using Novell's ODI driver to access the network, then my ODINSUP is doing nothing...

Expert Comment

ID: 1751706
You have a small issue here.
In order to share something, you have two options.
1. You can be in charge of WHO gets to share your CDROM.
2. Your PDC (if you log into a Microsoft domain) can be left in charge.
Go to control panel/network/Access Control
Make sure that if you User-level access Control has been set if you don't want to be bothtered with setting up a password for the cdrom share.  Otherwise, pick share level access control, and you will be responsible for putting a password on that share.

Now in order to broadcast your CDROM, go to control panel/file and print sharing/properties and make sure that Browse Master is ENABLED.  This forces you to keep a copy of the master browser list locally (I don't know your setup so we'll start here).


Author Comment

ID: 1751707
I've tried using all the protocols of IPX, NetBEUI and TCP/IP
in relation to MS file sharing.   I don't have luck with any of them, although I am more used to how to work with the drivers and protocols.

I've tried enabling the MS sharing on a colleague's machine with Win95 and an older version of Client32.   I managed it with no problem.

However that version of Client32 doesn't use ODINSUP, which makes me think that my problem lies with my use of ODINSUP.  

The other machine has Novell's IPX and MS's IPX/SPX compatible
protocol both bound to his network card driver.

My network card driver, "NE2000 compatible" only has the 32bit IPX for intranetware hanging onto it.   The Novell ODINSUP driver has the IPX/SPX compatible protocol bound to it.   In the File Sharing line, the browse master was on Automatic; I've changed that to Enable.

I'm doing to try and find out more about Novell's ODINSUP.

Author Comment

ID: 1751708
Sorry to have taken so long to get back.  Someone else suggested trying the NDIS driver with Intranetware client.   I tried this, but got an error when trying to login with the Inet client.

The other suggestion was to use the MS client which would probably have worked better with the file sharing.   However I didn't want to use the MS client cause I was accessing a NW4 server from my WS for test purposes.

In the end, I was told to drop the whole project of sharing my CD-ROM, so I have!

I appreciate all the help that everyone here has given me, therefore, although the has been no solution yet, I'll try to keep the "score" for the answer high with a B.

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