How can I create an MS-DOS network boot disk in Windows 2000?

A. Windows NT has the Network client creation utility (ncadmin.exe) that lets you create floppy disks that have network support. Microsoft dropped this utility in Win2K and replaced it with Microsoft Remote Installation Services (RIS). However, ncadmin.exe still works under Win2K. You can copy the following files from an NT server to a Win2K machine to use the utility:

  • Ncadmin.cnt
  • Ncadmin.exe
  • Ncadmin.hlp

If you don't have an NT server to copy the files from, perform the following steps:

  1. Create a folder on your Win2K machine for the three files you'll need.
  2. Insert your NT Server CD-ROM.
  3. Go to the i386 folder on the CD-ROM.
  4. Copy the following files to the folder you created on the Win2K machine:
    • Ncadmin.cn_
    • Ncadmin.ex_
    • Ncadmin.hl_
  5. Use the following command to expand the files:
    C:\ncadmin>expand -r ncadmin.* 
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