NetBEUI as main protocol

Jim Morris Jim at
Tue Dec 10 04:25:00 GMT 2002

On Monday, December 9, 2002, at 08:26  PM, John E. Malmberg wrote:

> The only advantage that I can see to running NetBeui is that a network 
> recovery disk for most PCs using MS-DOS can fit on a high density 
> floppy.

Actually, you *CAN* make a DOS boot floppy and fit the MSClient 3.0 
with TCP/IP stack onto it. Granted it is a little harder to squeeze the 
files on.... but it can be done.  The main problem with TCP/IP and the 
DOS MS-Client is the memory footprint of that old DOS TCP/IP stack....

> It probably will take some sort of layer to translate the NetBios over 
> NetBeui so that it looked like TCP/IP to SAMBA.  I do not know how 
> much work that would be.

It would take more than a casual amount of effort!  And I for one don't 
see where it would be a worthwhile project to expend resources on, when 
NETBIOS over TCP/IP or IPX is how the rest of the world, including 
Microsoft themselves, communicates for SMB networking....
Jim Morris (Jim at

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