First post, by arsenix
I think this is likely a common question and I didn't find a conclusive discussion anywhere on the internet... what do folks think is the most straighforward and lightest weight (in terms of conventional memory/RAM usage on the DOS machine) configuration to share a network store to a DOS machine? Given how slow/inconvenient floppies and other methods are this seems like a common need for easily transferring files to older machines. I have a CNC mill that runs DOS and I regularly shuttle NC programs to it. Was using floppies which is irritating.
I recently setup MS Client 3.0 on the DOS machine, then setup a Samba share on a Linux server (which I already had running). This wasn't too difficult. Primary challenge was enabling lanman authentication on Samba (which is typically disabled since it is insecure as heck). I spent some time shuffling around memory and managed to get 571k of conventional memory free (with required stuff loaded... ansi.sys, smartdrv, doskey). This is enough to run my CNC control software but still not amazing. I'm not that excited about having lanman auth enabled on my samba server either!
I wondered if anyone had better suggestions. I know some folks use Netware.