On Thu, 2011-09-08 at 02:35 +0530, Rajagopal Swaminathan wrote: > > I would suggest setting up a CentOS server with Samba and convert the > > DOS network stack, if you can. Samba appears to be much more > > supportable, currently. Take a look at the FreeDOS project, too, as an > > example of getting DOS to work in a more recent environment. The > > biggest concern (after getting the clients to talk to Samba) is that > > there have been a few choices made in Samba with respect to file > > sharing/locking mechanisms. With old software, you may have to look at > > those settings. > > I am not sure about freedos as there is a Piece of custom built ISA > hardware and the forget about replacing it. there is a budget(was > there any?) constraint at clients end. Just suggesting looking at the docs for ideas. > > I google'd netware virtual machine and saw a few > > links to virtualizing Netware 3 under VMWare which might give you some > > insights. > > No additional cash flow for software :p ..... :) Just another suggested reading for ideas. > > > > Either way, do it in a separate test environment to work out any > > issues prior to production deployment. > > > > Even buying is a hard disk is a constraint. (Cash outflow constraint, > remember :) ) If you can't buy hardware, then you already have a Linux box running KVM? > > If I hadn't been strongly encouraged (successfully) to de-clutter my > > software repository, I'd pull out my old Netware 3.12 disks and try > > installing on a virtual machine. > > > > If only I had that luxury of having those original _working_ floppy disks. > If I had to virtualize an existing machine, I'd boot the equipment with a Linux Live CD and copy (using dd/ssh) the raw disk data to a virtual disk on the virtual machine server. Verify the copy is accurate with md5sum. Then, make another copy to start a virtual machine with. I'd still suggest your best option would be to take one of the DOS clients and get it to connect to a Samba server and migrate the data.