The easiest way to run a networked DOS program is to install networking in Windows and run the program from a DOS window in Windows (WFW 3.X, 95, 98, 98SE). That is how we run our ancient accounting package and it works very well. We have shortcuts setup on the Start menu to fire-up the various modules, which reside on our NT server (they could reside on a Windows 9X box). In fact, we run the various accounting modules (accounts receivable, payables, etc.) in separate DOS windows simultaneously.
I use a set of bootable floppies and an old Novell NE2000 10BaseT/2 compatible network adapter to temporarily connect customer computers on my workbench to my network. I have floppies for Win 98, 95, and DOS 6.22. The easiest way I know of for making these DOS-only network client floppies is with Windows NT. Double clicking Setup.exe in the D:\Clients\Netsetup\ directory on Win NT 4.0 CD fires-up the Setup for Microsoft Network Client for MS-DOS and makes the floppy(ies). Itís been quite a while since Iíve done this, but I believe the raw version requires more than one floppy, especially if you are booting to Win 9X instead of DOS 6.22, etc. To trim the number of unneeded programs down so everything will fit on one 1.44 Mbyte floppy is quite a chore, and to make the darn thing work can be daunting. As far as I know Windows 9X does not have the Setup for Microsoft Network Client for MS-DOS, but it should have the files in C:\windows to make the floppy. It can be quite challenging to make the floppy from scratch (that is why I keep copies of these valuable floppies on my file server.) Here is my workbench network floppy for Windows 98. I hope it helps. Larry
device=himem.sys /NUMHandles=128 /TESTMEM:ON