Microsoft KB Archive/108034

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PSS ID Number: 108034

Article Last Modified on 10/15/1999

The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11

This article was previously published under Q108034


This article provides information about installing Windows for Workgroups version 3.11 with a Banyan VINES network. The following versions of Banyan VINES network operating system software are supported with Windows for Workgroups 3.11:

Banyan VINES 4.11 (rev.5)
Banyan VINES 5.00 (rev.5)
Banyan VINES 5.52 (rev.5) (Token Ring and Ethernet Support)

Windows for Workgroups 3.11 provides no files to support connectivity to the Banyan VINES network. To upgrade your current installation to Windows for Workgroups 3.11, you must first have an existing working connection to a Banyan VINES server.


Before installing Windows for Workgroups 3.11, the Banyan server must be updated with all the appropriate patches and modifications. Banyan patches are available on CompuServe in the Banyan forum (type "go banyan" [without the quotation marks] at the ! prompt). If you have any questions about Banyan-related files, or if you are not sure if you have the latest patches available for your installation, call Banyan VINES technical support.

Windows for Workgroups 3.11 Setup recognizes Banyan VINES connectivity and maintains it as the secondary network. Installation should be seamless with no further action required by the user.

As with previous versions of Windows, it is necessary to be able to log on to Banyan VINES from MS-DOS before Windows connectivity can be ensured.

The load order of the drivers in your AUTOEXEC.BAT file is important for maintaining VINES connectivity. If there are any problems during the upgrade and/or the Banyan login screen does not appear as usual after rebooting, check for error messages during the boot process and check the AUTOEXEC.BAT file to ensure the Banyan VINES files are loading and are in the correct order. The correct files and their order in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file are:

Order in AUTOEXEC.BAT       Description

C:\WINDOWS\NET INITIALIZE   This command is for Windows for Workgroups
                            3.11. It allows loading the files into memory
                            without invoking them.

CD\<BANYAN FILES>           This command changes to the directory where
                            the Banyan files are located. This is necessary
                            because Banyan cannot read the full path and
                            must be in the appropriate directory to load
                            the file.

BAN /NC                     Loads BAN.EXE without initializing Banyan's
                            communications hardware on the system.

NDISBAN                     Loads the NDIS-specific portion of the VINES

                            NOTE: If you are using a Token Ring network
                            and Banyan VINES 5.52 (rev.5) you should use
                            NDTOKBAN.COM instead of NDISBAN.COM. For more
                            information on query on the following words in
                            the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

                               WORKGROUPS and NDISBAN.COM

REDIRALL                    Loads REDIRALL.EXE, which is redirector support
                            for all versions of DOS.

C:\WINDOWS\NET START        This command from Windows starts the network

ARSWAIT                     This command "Address Resolution Server Wait,"
                            holds further processing until your computer
                            has been assigned a network address by a
                            server. After it sees that your computer has
                            received a network address from the network, it
                            exits and allows your computer to continue.
                            This function is normally built into VINES
                            native drivers, but NDIS requires that this
                            functionality be added after the NDIS driver
                            BAN.EXE is loaded.

Z:LOGIN                     Brings up the Banyan VINES login screen.

If there are no error messages at startup, but you are having problems in Windows for Workgroups with VINES connectivity, check the SYSTEM.INI file.

SYSTEM.INI File Entries

The following entries should be made to the SYSTEM.INI file when you install Windows for Workgroups 3.11 with Banyan VINES connectivity:


secondnet.drv=Banyan VINES (version x.xx(x))




Additional information on Banyan VINES connectivity can be found in the NETWORK.WRI file and in the Windows for Workgroups Resource Kit version 3.11.

Banyan VINES Technical Support can be reached at (800) 2-BANYAN. To access the Banyan VINES forum on CompuServe type "go banyan" (without the quotation marks) at the ! prompt in CompuServe.

For more information, query on the following words in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

win and banyan and vines

Banyan VINES is manufactured by a vendor independent of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding this product's performance or reliability.

Additional query words: 3.11 3rdparty 5.25 (5) 5.25.5 revision

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