Linking MSVisual Basic with MSDN

I've installed MSVisual Basic (MSVB) on an NT workstation. I would like to link my MSVB help tool to the MSDN which resides in a server. How do I do that? I tried installing MSDN to create a link but I end up having to install MSDN in my workstation. I do not want that. What I'd like to do is create a link from my MSVB (workstation) to the MSDN (server). Can someone please advice me if this is possible? Thank you.
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MTroutwineCommented:
Unfortunately you must at least do a minimal install on the client.  There are support files that must be installed on the client workstations for MSDN to function properly.

If you have MSDN you can do a search on "Running the MSDN Library from a Network Folder", which outlines installing MSDN in a network share.  I have included the 10 steps outlined and other information included in this article below:

To copy the Library contents to a network folder

Complete the following steps in order to place the Library on a network folder for better performance over a network.

Put the CD-ROM drive on a system that has read/write/update permission to the network installation computer. The process will run much faster if the CD-ROM drive and the hard disk drive are on the same computer.


Create a shared target folder into which the Library will be copied on the server. For best performance, be sure no one is using the CD-ROM drive from which you're copying or the shared hard drive to which you're copying. Do not share the folder until the installation process is complete and tested or setup will fail on the client should a user run setup during the copy process.


Copy all files and subfolders from MSDN Library Disc 1 to the target folder.


Copy msdn332.inf from the root of Disc 2 to the root of the target folder.


Copy all files from the \msdn folder on Disc 2 into the \msdn folder in the target folder.


Copy msdn333.inf from the root of Disc 3 to the root of the target folder.


Copy all files from the \msdn folder on Disc 3 into the \msdn folder in the target folder.


Share the hard disk drive (that is, make it accessible to users). Go to a different computer and run Setup on the client computer from the shared hard disk drive. After you have verified that the Library runs properly from the client computer, you can announce to your users that it's ready for their use.


At this point, all files will have the read-only attribute set. This will make use of samples copied from the network share inconvenient. To alleviate this problem, run the following command from a command prompt on the target folder and all contained subfolders (this may take a while, given the large number of files involved):
attrib –r *.* /s
Note that after running this command, folders will still have the read-only attribute set.


Verify that the network install location works by running Setup and opening the Library from a client computer.
That's all there is to it. Pretty simple, really.

Here are some additional guidelines for installing the Library to a network folder:

The permissions on the target folder should be made read-only when you share it out for general access.


The network computer should have enough bandwidth to handle the anticipated load.


The network computer should be able to handle the required number of concurrent client connections.


The network computer should not use a compressed file system, unless this is commensurate with the hardware and the anticipated load.
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