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First post, by tomsie1000

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Hello

Largely for my own amuesment, I've created a VM virtual 'appliance' that runs the server for EtherDFS with 'just enough OS' - hopefully this may make it easier for those who are not Linux/Unix people to try out EtherDFS. IMHO once it's working it's an awesome solution and I'm surprised there is still relatively little interest/coverage of it.

See http://tomsie.co.uk/ethersrv/ for info etc

Hope it's useful/helpful to someone

Reply 1 of 4, by mateusz.viste

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tomsie1000 wrote:

Largely for my own amuesment, I've created a VM virtual 'appliance' that runs the server for EtherDFS with 'just enough OS' - hopefully this may make it easier for those who are not Linux/Unix people to try out EtherDFS. IMHO once it's working it's an awesome solution and I'm surprised there is still relatively little interest/coverage of it.

See http://tomsie.co.uk/ethersrv/ for info etc

Hello, and thank you for your interest in EtherDFS! I'm glad to see it is useful outside of my basement. I do think that EtherDFS is an awesome solution, but obviously I am biased :)
It is true it doesn't generate much coverage/interest - I am not sure why. Perhaps it being a "network" thingy it scares most hobbyists.

I see that you enforce lower-case names through samba - this is probably not a very good approach. It would be best to rely on the filesystem for that: simply create a fat image (fallocate + mkfs.vfat), and then mount it:
mount -t vfat -o loop,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=437

BTW, another cool "turnkey" appliance would be a version for RaspberryPi - this would allow people to run a mini "NAS" for DOS with EtherDFS. Just write the image on an SD card and boot it up.

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Reply 2 of 4, by DosFreak

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What's the advantage of this over FreeNAS? Smaller footprint? FreeNAS works well for my needs and still supports SMB1 so until that's dropped I should be good.

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Reply 3 of 4, by mateusz.viste

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DosFreak wrote:

What's the advantage of this over FreeNAS? Smaller footprint? FreeNAS works well for my needs and still supports SMB1 so until that's dropped I should be good.

Is your SMB solution able to run on a no-NIC 8086 with 256K of total memory? EtherDFS is.

EtherDFS (http://etherdfs.sourceforge.net) has several advantages over SMB in DOS:
- much more memory efficient (7K TSR)
- much easier to set up ("etherdfs :: c-x")
- does not need any IP/IPX stack (only a barebone packet driver), thus works even on minimal configurations

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Reply 4 of 4, by DosFreak

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I was referring more to the server side vs FreeNAS rather than the client. Windows 9x-Windows 10 support SMB1, Linux supports SMB1, FreeBSD supports SMB1. For computers without a NIC in most cases you just add a NIC or remove the SD card or HD to transfer files so that's likely why you don't see more interest as far as retro users. It does look useful though.

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